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Johnny Depp Reunites With Cocaine Dealer He Played in “Blow”

Former "coke star" George Jung, recently released from prison, hung out at the movie star's apartment. Sadly we weren't invited.

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Here’s a party that you wish you’d been invited to. Actor Johnny Depp and George Jung, the cocaine dealer who Depp played in the film Blow, were recently reunited after the former drugs boss was released from 20 years in prison. According to TMZ, the duo, along with Depp’s fiance, actress Amber Heard, ”relaxed for hours” at Depp’s LA loft. They talked about things like poetry and books and the film’s late director, Ted Demme, you know, the usual. 

The two had met once before, when the actor visited Jung in prison in 2001—the year Blow was released. ”It’s very rare in life that any person opens up their heart and soul to you with unlimited access to their most profound thoughts, dreams, fears, regrets, intimacies,” Depp wrote about their visit.

Jung, who was found responsible for more than 85% of the cocaine smuggled into the US in the ’70s and ’80s, was arrested in 1994 after he was busted with 1,754 pounds of blow in Kansas. His 60-year sentence was reduced to 20 after he testified in the trial of his long-term business partner, Carlos Ledher. 

“I was a guy who had a lot of money and unlimited access to cocaine and even if I looked like Bela Lugosi I still had the most beautiful women on the planet because everybody at that time, especially women, were in love with cocaine and of course in love with the money—the access to the automobiles, the clothes, the dinners, the lifestyle,” Jung told PBS in 2000. “Basically I was no different than a rock star or a movie star. I was a coke star.”

If there’s anything to be learned from this story, it’s that being a convicted drug boss might not be so bad.