The sparring began with the illegal entry of Depp's two
Yorkshire terriers into Australia last year when the actor was
filming the latest "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie, breaching
the country's tight biosecurity laws.
Depp's wife, actress Amber Heard, was convicted in April of
falsifying travel documents to sneak the dogs into the country
on a private jet and was given a suspended fine of A$1,000
A videoed deadpan apology by Depp and Heard for the offense,
dubbed "terriergate" by the media, went viral.
Depp kicked off the latest round in the war of words when he
appeared on the U.S. Jimmy Kimmel Live! chat show on Tuesday,
describing Joyce as someone who "looks somehow like inbred with
"It's not a criticism. I was a little worried he might explode,"
Joyce, who had threatened pets Pistol and Boo with euthanasia,
fired back on Wednesday, comparing himself to the fictional
forensic psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer who has
graced both the big and small screen.
"I'm turning into Johnny Depp's Hannibal Lecter, I'm inside his
head, I'm pulling strings and levers," Joyce told reporters in
Australia. "Long after I've forgotten Mr Depp, he is remembering
(Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Jane Wardell and Nick
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