It seems Johnny Depp still hasn’t moved on from terriergate.
After giving his most cringe-worthy performance to date in that viral video apology, the actor has come back swinging with his sights set squarely on Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.
In a late night interview in the US, Depp refers to the agriculture minister as looking “somehow inbred with a tomato” after calling him Barnaby Jones.
“It’s not a criticism. No, I was a little worried… he might explode,” Depp joked.
And it didn’t take long for Mr Joyce to respond. Asked about the incident at a press conference on Wednesday morning he said, "I think I'm turning into Johnny Depp's Hannibal Lecter, aren't I?"
"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."
Of course it isn’t the first time the Pirates of the Caribbean star has turned his attention to Mr Joyce in the 12 months since the MP threatened to euthanize his and wife Amber Heard’s two pet dogs.
He famously called the politician “some kind of sweaty, big-gutted man from Australia” at the end last year, and at a recent press junket promoting his upcoming film Alice Through the Looking Glass, said:
“I would like to do this everywhere I go, I would really like to apologise for not smuggling my dogs into England because it would have been a bad thing to do.”
Depp and Heard were back in Australia last month for a court hearing in which Heard pleaded guilty to falsifying quarantine documents that related to their Yorkshire terriers Pistol and Boo.
In addition to the plea, both actors taped a video apology where they explained, “Protecting Australia is important, Australia is free of many pests and diseases that are commonplace around the world. That is why Australia has to have such strong biosecurity laws.”
It was screened inside the courtroom and later shared on social media by the Department of Agriculture and Water.