Posted: 25 May, 2016
This won't end!
Johnny Depp has reignited a war of words with Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce saying he looks like he was "inbred with a tomato".
The Hollywood actor took a swipe at Mr Joyce - who threatened to have Depp's dogs put down last May unless they "buggered off" back to the United States - during an interview on a US talk show overnight, saying he was worried the politician was about to "explode".
"He (Joyce) looks somehow inbred with a tomato," Depp told host Jimmy Kimmel when asked his thoughts about the politician.
"It's not a criticism. I was a little worried. He just might explode," he added.
Mr Joyce in return laughed off the insults on Wednesday.
"I'm inside his head, I'm pulling little strings and pulling little levers. Long after I've forgotten about Mr Depp, he's remembering me," Mr Joyce said.
"I'm turning into his Hannibal Lecter."
He thanked the actor for the free publicity on Australia's biosecurity laws.
Depp and his wife Amber Heard made a public apology video to atone after Heard failed to file the correct paperwork when she brought their dogs Pistol and Boo into Australia last year.
The actress pleaded guilty to one count of falsifying quarantine documents, while two charges of illegal importation of an animal were dropped. She escaped conviction but copped a one-month good behaviour bond.
"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," Depp said on the US show, jokingly adding security failed to pick up on "other things smuggled".
While he admitted Mr Joyce was "just doing his job" he mocked him and the government for using taxpayers' money to track down two "teacup-sized" yorkshire terriers.
"He has got a point," he said sarcastically.
"Especially when you consider that Australia has the most poisonous creatures on earth. Everything will kill you within minutes."
The video from Depp and Heard in which they praised the Australian government and their strict immigration laws immediately went viral. However, many viewers weren't convinced the actors were being sincere in their apology.
"These are things you have to prepare a long time for to tap into the emotion that you need," Depp joked about his performance, adding he refused to watch the video.
"You know I haven't seen many of (my performances) but I wouldn't disagree. I played that sort of anti-government."