Australian deputy prime minister and agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce says he has become Johnny Depp's Hannibal Lecter, after Depp said the politician looks like he was inbred with a tomato.
Depp appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and was asked about the infamous video in which he and wife Amber Heard apologised for bringing their dogs, Pistol and Boo, into Australia without declaring them.
The Hollywood couple volunteered record the video after Joyce threatened to euthanise the dogs. It showed Depp screaming from his eyes while claiming that Australia is "a wonderful island" and exhorting tourists to declare all animals they bring into the country.
“He looks somehow inbred with a tomato”, Depp told Kimmel. “It's not a criticism. I was a little worried. He just might explode." Which, in fairness, is something Australians worry about all the time.
"[The dogs are] minuscule, tiny teacup things, clearly dangerous in Australia, because there's so many poisonous creatures in Australia, you can die at any minute, so the dogs are obviously a problem in Australia," Depp said.
"I think the choice [the Australian government] made to utilise the taxpayers' dollars to globally chase down a couple of teacup yorkies and give them 50 hours to live … I realised the badness of my ways so I was kind of repenting."
When asked who wrote the script for the apology video, Depp replied, "a genius", and when asked who directed, he said, "the iPhone". Depp also called him "Barnaby Jones".
But at a press conference on Wednesday morning, Joyce laughed off the insult, saying he'd gotten inside Depp's head.
"I'm pulling little strings and pulling little levers. Long after I've forgotten about Mr Depp, he's remembering me," Joyce said. "I think I'm turning into Johnny Depp's Hannibal Lecter."