Johnny Depp shocked the star-studded audience at the Hollywood Film Awards by stumbling, slurring and swearing his way through a speech.
The 51-year-old actor took to the stage on Friday night to present the documentary award for Mike Myers documentary Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon.
He appeared wobbly from the start, struggling with the “weirdest microphone I’ve ever seen in my life”.
“I’m not very good at this kind of thing,” he mused, scratching his head, before letting off a stream of expletives blanked out by broadcaster CBS.
“I’m going to read this thing,” he continued, determinedly staring at the autocue, before going off piste in a rambling speech paying tribute to Mr Gordon.
Apparently slurring and swaying on the podium, Depp said: “For decades Shep Gordon has been one of the most beloved and respected talent managers in the music industry, he is also the current star and subject of the documentary Supermensch... because he is a mensch.
“I’ve been very, very lucky to have him in my life. He is someone I consider a great friend, an incredibly loyal friend…so you have to watch the film!
“Yeah, there you go. What does that say?”
After another blanked out swearword, he finished with the admission “it’s one of those nights”.
Among those in the audience were Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Eddie Redmayne and Jack O'Connell, who all won awards.
Ben Affleck collected the top award for Hollywood Film for the movie Gone Girl.
Depp, who is engaged to 28-year-old actress Amber Heard, told Rolling Stone last year that he had been sober for a year-and-a-half.
“I just decided that I pretty much got everything I could get out of it,” he said, emphasising he has never been an alcoholic.
“I investigated wine and spirits thoroughly, and they certainly investigated me as well, and we found out that we got along beautifully, but maybe too well.”
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Depp’s appearance at the Hollywood Film Awards sparked a flurry of excitement on Twitter, with some people calling it “embarrassing”, while others said their respect for the Edward Scissorhands and Pirates of the Caribbean star.
Even Piers Morgan stuck the boot in, tweeting: “Is it just me that thinks Johnny Depp's a complete dickhead?”
Is it just me that thinks Johnny Depp's a complete dickhead? #HollywoodAwards— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 15, 2014
I find the whole unprepared, "I don't give a shit", possibly wasted artist persona really, really unexciting.— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) November 15, 2014
Johnny Depp on the Hollywood film awards is basically Haymitch from the hunger games— liv. (@lovely_livvi) November 15, 2014
Don't know if I should be worried about or embarrassed for Johnny Depp at the Hollywood Film Awards.— Elaine L. (@LaineyGossip) November 15, 2014
Oh my goodness Johnny Depp was just so bad on the Hollywood Awards someone needs to sober him up... Poor guy— Joel Wingard (@jkidd2099) November 15, 2014
Anyone watching the Hollywood Film Awards? Johnny Depp is on drugs or drunk as hell haha. Either way I still like him— justin ray white (@jusstinraywhite) November 15, 2014
The price of watching a self indulgent Hollywood awards show: Johnny Depp blonde(ish) and drunk. And yet... still hot.— Elizabeth Lemmonds (@elizlemmonds) November 15, 2014
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Congrats, Johnny Depp, you're about to become an Internet meme. #hollywoodawards— Matthew Belloni (@THRMattBelloni) November 15, 2014