Depp allegedly attempted to punch the veteran production pro and yelling: “I’ll give you $100,000 to punch me right now!” before he was pulled away.
“LAbyrinth” stars Depp as the real LAPD detective Russell Poole, who investigated the murder of Biggie Smalls.
But an insider claimed to Page Six that trouble on the “toxic” set began when Depp took over directing a scene in which he cast two of his pals as a cop and a homeless man.
“Johnny’s friends were in the scene, and it just turned into way more than it should have been,” said a source.
A downtown LA street was closed off, but when the permit ran out, Depp wanted to keep the cameras rolling.
“The producers kept asking for the time to be extended,” explained a source familiar with the production.
Finally, a location manager informed the film’s director, Brad Furman, that the scene had to wrap, but, “Brad interjected, ‘Tell that to Johnny Depp!’ ”
The location manager allegedly told Depp, “This is the last shot,” a source said, when an irate Depp — who’d been “smoking and drinking all day on set” — got in the staffer’s face.
“He was 6 inches away, yelling, ‘Who are you? You have no right!’ ” sources said.
When the well-liked worker told Depp, “I’m just doing my job,” a source claimed Depp tried to punch him in the ribs.
But the weak blow didn’t make an impact, and Depp yelled, “I’ll give you $100,000 to punch me right now!” The stunned staffer stood still, and Depp was finally pulled away.
A representative for Depp had no comment when approached by Page Six.
Furman insisted the alleged incident was overblown. “Johnny Depp is a consummate professional, great collaborator and a supporter of other artists,” he said in a statement.
“He always treats the crew and people around him with the utmost respect. Movies can be stressful, and nonevents often become exaggerated. We all love stories — there isn’t one here.”
A version of this story first appeared on the New York Post
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