Recent pictures of actor Johnny Depp taken at a concert in Russia have sparked concerns. He looked visibly gaunt, his eyes were sunken in and it did not look like it was make-up.
When he’s not acting Johnny Depp is a proud member of a rock supergroup, the Hollywood Vampires.
These images are from the Russian leg of a world tour with the band this week.
His famously handsome features have almost disappeared, replaced by a pale, haggard and hollow-eyed visage that instantly set social media alarm bells ringing among his followers.
Compared with the rum-swigging, buccaneer Captain Jack Sparrow, all dreadlocks and eyeliner, he plays in the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise, the 54-year-old was almost unrecognisable.
Of course, actors often change their appearance when they take on a new role and some fans insisted Depp was looking less than healthy after playing a terminally-ill academic in a forthcoming film, Richard Says Goodbye. However, that finished filming last summer.
Maybe it was the angle? He didn’t look nearly so gaunt when photographed visiting a Moscow museum a few days ago. Whatever the truth, it’s not hard to understand why fans tend to assume the worst with Johnny Depp in his long struggle with drink and drugs.
According to reports, last November, he appeared on the Graham Norton Show with co-stars from Murder On The Orient Express. His slurred laboured performance prompted some to suggest he was either drunk, stoned or both.
A month ago, it was claimed Depp attacked a location manager on forthcoming film, City Of Lies. The star allegedly tried to punch the crew member, yelling: ‘I’ll give you $100,000 to punch me right now!’ before he was pulled away.
The confrontation occurred after Depp, who was directing a scene and had reportedly been ‘smoking and drinking all day on set’, objected to the location manager telling him their permit had run out and they had to stop filming.