Johnny Depp attacked by a 'chupacabra' in Japan, claims Mortdecai actor

Johnny Depp, the 51-year-old star of Mortdecai, told reporters in Tokyo he missed the previous day's news conference due to an attack from a mythical beast.

'They're very persistent, very mean,' said actor who has also recovered from a cold

Actor Johnny Depp joked around during a news conference for his movie Mortdecai in Tokyo Wednesday, including telling the media that he was attacked by a mythical animal. (Toru Hanai/Reuters)

Johnny Depp has recovered from a cold. And a chupacabra attack.

The 51-year-old actor was all smiles while joking Wednesday with journalists in Tokyo about why he was a no-show at a news conference a day earlier. Depp explained he had been ill but said that wasn't the reason.

Depp channelled his Charlie Mortdecai character, drawing laughs from the crowd. (Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images)
"I was attacked yesterday morning by a very rarely seen or experienced animal called 'chupacabra.' I fought with it for hours. They're very persistent, very mean. And I'm pretty sure it came into my suitcase. I threw him off the 23rd floor. So we'll never see him again. Thank you for understanding," he said.

The chupacabra is a legendary creature rumoured to inhabit parts of the Americas.

Depp's tale drew laughs from the crowd of reporters.

When asked what the title character in his latest film would do if he was in the room, Depp channelled the character and replied, "He would probably say something like `How do you do?'. My name is Charlie Mortdecai and I've come here to take as much money from you as I possibly can. and jewelery, and art, and stuff."'

Big in Japan

More than 200 journalists were kept waiting for an hour before organizers cancelled Tuesday's event because Depp was unwell.

Johnny Depp plays debonair art dealer Charlie Mortdecai in the farcical comedy Mortdecai. (Lionsgate)

Mortdecai, an eccentric heist comedy, tanked at the box office, making an estimated $4.1 million in North America and $5.2 million elsewhere last weekend.

Depp has a huge fan base in Japan and said he hopes the film will be received well in the country.

Mortdecai will be released in Japan on Feb. 6.


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