Australian deputy prime minister and agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce responded after Depp continued to slam him over a dog-smuggling fiasco

By Stephanie Petit
Updated May 25, 2016 10:50 AM
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Johnny Depp‘s dog-smuggling fiasco just keeps getting stranger.

Australian deputy prime minister and agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce responded to Depp’s claims that he looks like “somehow inbred with a tomato” made on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night.

“I think I’m turning into Johnny Depp’s Hannibal Lecter, aren’t I?” Joyce told the BCC through a spokesman Wednesday morning, referencing the villain of the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs. “I’m inside his head, I’m pulling little strings and pulling little levers. Long after I’ve forgotten about Mr Depp, he’s remembering me.”

Joyce thanked Depp, 52, for the free publicity on Australia’s biosecurity laws.

Depp and his wife Amber Heard, 30, were charged in July 2015 with illegally importing their two Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, into Australia. Joyce then threatened to euthanize the dogs if the couple did not remove them from the country within a 72-hour window.

Heard pleaded guilty to the charge in April and filmed an odd apology video with Depp that was released on Joyce’s Facebook page. Joyce poked fun at the video, telling Australian Broadcasting Corp’s AM program Depp looked like he was “auditioning for The Godfather.”

In his Jimmy Kimmel Live! appearance, Depp joked that the video was some of his best acting work yet, adding that he didn’t watch it before posting because he “didn’t want to kill [himself].”