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Johnny Depp Through the Looking Glass

By Rhonda Garelick

16 Jun 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Depp has fame, talent, money: all of which influenced perceptions of the defamation trial this month. His looks played their part too but were hardly mentioned—this piece probes that lacuna.

We know, of course, that men can be beautiful, but rarely do we acknowledge, let alone analyze, the powerful influence male beauty wields.

That power was a central, yet singularly unacknowledged, element in the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial, which wrapped up this month. Depp, like many Hollywood megastars, has long benefited from his striking good looks, which clearly played a role in the enormous social media support he garnered during the trial (of which it seems hard to imagine that the unsequestered jury was unaware).

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