Johnny's wife Amber Heard fell foul of Australia's animal importation laws after she flew the couple's pet terriers, Pistol and Boo, into the country without the proper permits, while visiting her husband on the set of his latest Pirates of the Caribbean sequel.

She pleaded guilty to one count of falsifying quarantine documents last month (Apr16), in exchange for having two charges of illegal importation of an animal dropped. As part of the plea deal she and Johnny, 52, recorded an awkward video apology which appeared on the Australian government's YouTube channel.

Still angry about the furry furore, Depp has continued to blast then-Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, who became one of the couple's fiercest critics and even threatened to have the dogs put down.

During an appearance on U.S. talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night (23May16), Johnny poked fun at the politician's appearance, quipping, "He (Joyce) looks somehow inbred with a tomato. It's not a criticism, I'm just saying, I was a little worried... he might explode (during the dispute)."

Addressing the actor's latest remarks, Joyce insists he has moved on from the celebrity controversy, but he is grateful to Johnny for highlighting how tough Australia's biosecurity laws are.

The Deputy Prime Minister also boasted about getting under Johnny's skin before comparing himself to Hannibal Lecter, the fictional serial killer created by author Thomas Harris and made famous onscreen in Silence of the Lambs by Anthony Hopkins.

"I think I'm turning into Johnny Depp's Hannibal Lecter, aren't I?" he told reporters on Wednesday (25May16), according to "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."

Joyce had previously criticised Johnny and Amber for their apparently insincere video apology, in which the couple praised Australia, with the 52-year-old Oscar nominee saying, "Australians are... both warm and direct. If you disrespect Australian law, they will tell you firmly."

"I don't think he'll get an Academy Award for his performance...," Joyce commented last month (Apr16).