Published on Thursday, the interview has alerted the world to the disturbing life that Johnny Depp is leading, with the journalist who wrote the piece commenting that the actor’s closest friend seems to be a lawyer he met two years ago.
Johnny Depp had asked Rodrick to come and spend some time with him for a few days, so that he could prove that he was, in fact, the victim when it comes to his $40 million debt.
This debt refers to the almost bankruptcy of the actor who was once worth US$650 million, which has led to the actor suing The Management Group for negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud.
Instead, Rodrick details the lonely alcoholism that the actor is wallowing in.
The Oscar-nominated actor discussed his family life, sharing that his father was absent, his mother threw things at him, and his house felt like a "ghost house" where nobody talked, an upbringing that led the actor to approach women with an intent to 'fix' them.
The actor also shared his struggle with feeling responsible for his friend River Phoenix's overdose at Johnny Depp's club, especially given the accusations that the actor "delivered the fatal dose himself".
But of course, the most telling details of the interview are not those that Depp shared, but that the journalist observed.
As Stephen Rodrick entered Johnny Depp's mansion, the actor brought him a glass of vintage red wine and said, "Are you here to hear the truth? It's full of betrayal."
The journalist noticed that the Pirates of the Caribbean star would roll papers with piles of tobacco and hash, while drinking vintage red wine. He would make racist jokes that Rodrick would not indulge.
The past 18 months has reportedly seen Johnny Depp become unable to remember his own lines, as his divorce from Amber Heard was finalised. Depp shared that his inner-circle begged him not to marry Amber Heard, the woman he allegedly abused, but says he ignored his families advice that he obtain a prenuptial agreement.
After 72 hours with the actor, the journalist concludes that the things that were charming about Depp at 27 seem disturbing at 55.
In the wake of the interview being published, there is a widespread concern that this interview could mark the end of Depp's career.
"This profile of Johnny Depp is astounding, depressing, and feels 100% true. It also feels final," wrote journalist Mark Harris on Twitter.
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) June 21, 2018
"It's interesting that Depp's super shady lawyer approached Rolling Stone for this, hoping they'd craft a sympathetic pro-Depp narrative. Presumably, they thought RS [Rolling Stone] would give him an air of rebel coolness too. This piece couldn't be further from that," wrote another user.
It's interesting that Depp's super shady lawyer approached Rolling Stone for this, hoping they'd craft a sympathetic pro-Depp narrative. Presumably, they thought RS would give him an air of rebel coolness too. This piece couldn't be further from that.
— Kayleigh Donaldson (@Ceilidhann) June 21, 2018
"This story is wild, and proof positive that Johnny Depp is in the late-stage Brando phase of his career," wrote Alan Zilberman.
This story is wild, and proof positive that Johnny Depp is in the late-stage Brando phase of his career https://t.co/4tei6BPhFE
— Alan Zilberman (@alanzilberman) June 21, 2018
The release of the interview follows recent concerns about the actor's health, after images of the actor looking scarily thin emerged on social media.