Johnny Depp joked about assassinating Donald Trump during an appearance at Glastonbury. The actor received a rock star welcome during the event at Cineramageddon – a drive-in cinema on the Somerset site.
He introduced his 2004 film The Libertine along with director Julian Temple but began talking about the US president following questions from the 1,500-strong audience.
“I think he needs help and there are a lot of wonderful dark, dark places he could go,” Depp said, to cheers from the crowd.
“It is just a question – I’m not insinuating anything. By the way, this is going to be in the press. It will be horrible. I like that you are all a part of it.
“When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” he asked in reference to the death of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth in 1865.
“I want to qualify, I am not an actor. I lie for a living. However, it has been a while and maybe it is time,” he added.
Depp, who arrived in a blue vintage Cadillac, was greeted with crowds of screaming fans holding phones.
He smoked a cigarette as he posed for pictures and jumped on the car bonnet without prompting. Wearing a black shirt and distressed jeans, he also sported a black hat with a silver ribbon around it.
Introducing the film, the story of debauched poet the second Earl of Rochester, he said: “Thank you so much for having me here. This is beautiful, chaotic, madness … I made the film because I wanted to try to bring to England a great poet that they missed. They missed him because he was written off as a jokester, a hoaxer. This guy is one of the deepest poets.”
Fans, many sat in vintage cars and trucks, then enjoyed a screening of The Libertine.