Heard: 'I deserved Rum Diary role more than Scarlett'
Heard insists she had a closer connection to Thompson's work than her rivals, who also included Depp's Pirates of the Caribbean co-star Keira Knightly .
She tells Live magazine, "I was far more deserving of my part in The Rum Diary than Scarlett Johansson. She's a good actress and I respect her, but I deserved to get the role instead of her.
"If I was going to lose to anyone, she would be a good person to lose to. But the part of Chenault called for an actress, not a famous person. I worked very hard to get the role - I auditioned and wrote a letter to the producers and a director about my connection to the part.
"I'm a big fan of Hunter S. Thompson and an avid reader, so I had something special to offer beyond what was written on the page."
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