Disney’s head of publicity Dennis Rice, issued a statement regarding the snafu with radio and television press who were kept waiting for five+ hours on the red carpet – never getting to interview the “Pirates” star, Johnny Depp.
“I had big fallout with the press and I’m prepared to deal with it today,” Rice was quoted saying.
Disney was not prepared for the “overwhelming number of fans who bought tickets to the park to see their favorite stars arrive for Saturday’s premiere.” According to the Los Angeles Times.
“We knew Johnny Depp had a huge fan base but we were simply not prepared for the number of fans who showed up,” Rice admitted. “And for Johnny, it’s all about the fans.”
According to the Los Angeles Times article and Disneyland sources, “five thousand fans camped out Friday night outside the park in order to get in at 6:30 a.m. to stake out spots on the carpet so they could see – and possibly shake hands with – the ‘Pirates’ star.”
“Unlike some stars, Johnny Depp is very appreciative of and loyal to his fans and he always makes time for them at his public appearances,” says a Depp spokesperson. “They all know this and that’s why they show up in droves. He started signing autographs for fans in the front of the park around 6:45 and spent two hours doing it. He didn’t even do his first interview with ET until 8:45.”
The two hours of “devotion to his fans up front” left zero time for the others lining the carpet further inside the park-and the long waiting reporters further down the line “who were not told until after 9 p.m. that Depp would not have time to talk.” According to the Times report.
Depp had “an even fuller plate on Saturday than most people knew. He arrived at the park at noon with his family to do press photos on the updated Pirates of the Caribbean ride…then, according to inside sources, he spent several hours on a ‘personal obligation’ that was actually an unpublicized lengthy meeting with several children with life-threatening illnesses, whose dream was to meet the actor.” According to the Times. Depp’s publicist Robin Baum confirmed the report.
Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.
“Depp has worked with the ‘Make-A-Wish’ Foundation since his days on the TV series “21 Jump Street.”