In an interview with The Times (quoted by The Hollywood Reporter), Helena Bonham Carter was combative against the culture of cancellation and defending controversial figures such as colleague Johnny Depp and author JK Rowling, criticizing the idea that personal life someone else’s should hurt your career.
“Do you banish a genius for his sexual practices? If you looked closely enough at his personal life, there would be millions of disqualified people. You can’t ban people. I hate cancel culture. It’s become quite hysterical and there are a kind of witch hunt and lack of understanding”, said the British actress, who, in addition to being Princess Margaret in the third and fourth seasons of “The Crown”, has had a long career in cinema, in films such as “Room with a View Over the City”, “Howards End”, “The Big Fish”, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” or “Sweeney Todd: The Terrible Barber of Fleet Street”, was nominated for an Oscar for “The Wings of Love ” (1997) and “The King’s Speech” (2010) and startled millions as the sadistic Bellatrix Lestrange in four “Harry Potter” titles.
Asked if there was any possibility of a return for some Hollywood public figures after its cancellation, the actress shared the waters: “I don’t think so for someone like Kevin Spacey. And Johnny [Depp] It certainly went through that.”
Specifically about Depp, with whom he worked several times and is the godfather of the two children he had with his former partner, director Tom Burton, Carter says that “complete justice” was done to him after the verdict overwhelmingly in his favor in the high-profile trial against former wife Amber Heard: “I think he’s fine now. Completely fine.”
The actress was very clear about what she thought of Depp’s ex-wife when she answered the question about whether the verdict meant that the “pendulum” of the #MeToo movement was swinging back: “My point of view is that she embarked on this pendulum. That’s the problem with these things — that people jump on the bandwagon because it’s the trend and to be the symbol of it.”
Accused of transphobia because of several comments, JK Rowling was also defended: “It’s horrible, a lot of nonsense. I think she was persecuted. People’s judgment was taken to the extreme. She is entitled to her opinion, especially if she has been abused Everyone carries their own trauma story and forms their opinions from that trauma and you have to respect where people and their pain come from. You don’t have to agree with everything, that would be crazy and boring. She he’s not saying that aggressively, he’s just speaking from his own experience”.
On the fact that the main stars of the “Harry Potter” films (Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint) have publicly spoken out against the writer’s statements, the actress replied: “Personally, I think they should let her have her opinions, but I think they’re very consciously protecting their own fan base and generation.”