In April, the couple had flown to Australia, where Depp, 52, was to shoot Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth movie in the hit series. After they landed, Barnaby Joyce, the country's minister of agriculture, declared the couple had not obtained legal paperwork to bring in their two Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo. He threatened to have the dogs euthanized unless they were flown out of the country within 50 hours. Depp complied and the dogs were flown to California.
Heard, 29, still faces what could be a legal battle over the dogs debacle, which involved concerns about biosecurity. She was charged with illegal importation contrary to the Quarantine Act of 1908 and producing a false document. The actress has not commented about the court case, which was adjourned to November. If convicted of all charges, she could face a maximum sentence of 11 years in jail.
"They threatened to put her in jail, isn't that true?" Jimmy Kimmel asked Depp on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in an interview that aired on Thursday.
"If they did that, I'd just fly to Australia and assault that man," Depp joked. "So that I could go to jail."
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"We were under the impression that we had all the paperwork done for the dogs, we were there with the dogs in front of everybody" the actor told Kimmel, adding, "There might have been other things smuggled. They seemed to miss that bit...might have been. Could have been."
The minister of agriculture had been sarcastic during his press conference, saying, "If we start letting movie stars, even if they've been the 'Sexiest Man Alive' twice, then why don't we just break the laws for everybody? So it's time that Pistol and Boo bugger off back to the United States and after that I don't expect to be invited to the opening of Pirates of the Caribbean."
"You know maybe, maybe he's just doing his job," Depp said. "This sort of like, weird, sweaty-pated gut man who decided that...five, six-inch teacup Yorkshire terriers would harm the country in some way. He's got a point."
The actor had made similar comments about Joyce at a press conference for his other new movie, Black Mass, at the 2015 Venice Film Festival last week. There, he also joked that he "killed" the dogs and "ate them" under the minister's orders.
Depp and Heard married in February on the actor's private island in the Bahamas. She had kept her maiden name when she married Depp. He joked on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that he may take her last name instead, after Kimmel appeared to catch him off-guard by reciting what would have been his wife name had she chosen to hyphenate (Spoiler alert: It rhymes with "shepherd.")
Depp and Heard attended the Venice Film Festival together and were photographed packing on the PDA.