Captain Sparrow Or Captain Morgan? Johnny Depp Slurs Speech

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Nov. 15 2014, Published 10:12 a.m. ET

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Johnny Depp shocked fans and the star-studded audience at the Hollywood Film Awards by barely being able to stand or speak on Friday night.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star gave a slurred, expletive-filled speech while presenting the documentary award for Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon.

Depp,  51, stood at the podium and said it was the “weirdest microphone I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Then he mused, “I’m not very good at this kind of thing,” scratched his head, and delivered a slew of swear words that were bleeped out by CBS, which aired the show.

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“I’m going to read this thing,” he vowed, but apparently then went off the teleprompter to ramble his tribute to Hollywood producer Gordon, the subject of the documentary.

“I’ve been very, very lucky to have him in my life. He is someone I consider a great friend, an incredibly loyal friend…so you have to watch the film!

“Yeah, there you go. What does that say?” disoriented Depp said.

After another swear word bleeped by censors, Depp finished by admitting, “It’s one of those nights.”

After that, CBS appeared to cut him off.

Comedian Mike Myers, who directed the documentary, called Depp’s speech “very rock n’ roll.”

But Rob Lowe tweeted, “I find the whole unprepared, ‘I don't give a shit, possibly wasted artist persona really, really unexciting.”

As has reported, Depp told Rolling Stone last year that he gave up alcohol because it caused problems in his life.  But he also said NOT to call him an alcoholic.

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The Rum Diary star, who is engaged to Amber Heard, 28,  revealed in 2013 that he had been sober for a year and a half and said about his drinking, “I just decided that I pretty much got everything I could out of it. I investigated wine and spirits thoroughly, and they certainly investigated me as well, and we found out that we got along beautifully, but maybe too well.”

He didn’t consider himself an alcoholic however: “I don’t have the physical need for the drug alcohol. No, it’s more my medication, my self-medication over the years to calm the circus. Once the circus kicks in, the festivities in the brain, it can be ruthless.”

Depp did admit, however, that booze “was always a great crutch.”



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