US film star Johnny Depp mocks apology video over dog row

Actor Johnny Depp makes an impromptu joke about an apology he made to Australia for bringing his pet dogs into the country without going through the proper quarantine procedures.
US actor Johnny Depp arrives at a court in the Gold Coast on April 18, 2016.
US actor Johnny Depp arrives at a court in the Gold Coast on April 18, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - Film star Johnny Depp said on Sunday he was sorry for "not smuggling my dogs into England because it would have been a bad thing to do", mocking an apology he made for bringing two dogs into Australia without going through quarantine.

An Australian court let off his wife, actress Amber Heard, with a good behaviour bond last month after she pleaded guilty to falsifying travel documents to sneak their two Yorkshire Terriers, Pistol and Boo, into the country.

The couple made an apology to Australia in a short video, which was widely mocked for its dead-pan tone and the actors' odd manner, after she was cleared of charges of illegally importing animals for not putting the dogs through proper quarantine procedures.

"I really would like to apologise for not smuggling my dogs into England because it would have been a bad thing to do," Depp told reporters at a news conference to promote his new film Alice Through The Looking Glass.