Johnny Depp: Musk Got a Speeding Ticket Showing Me The Tesla Model S

We’re not ones to gossip. Nor do we pay much attention to the world of celebrity, but sometimes we encounter a story which crosses so far into our world we just have to have a giggle. Especially when it involves a larger-than-life A-list celebrity, Elon Musk, a traffic cop, and a Tesla Model S.

Johnny Depp admits he, his costars, and Elon Musk, were caught speeding in a Tesla Model S during the filming of Transcendence Photo: Angela George, Creative CommonsAttribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Johnny Depp admits he, his costars, and Elon Musk, were caught speeding in a Tesla Model S during the filming of Transcendence. Photo: Angela George, Creative CommonsAttribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)

As the UK’s infamous Sun tabloid newspaper reported over the weekend, Depp and some of his fellow cast from upcoming Sci-fi film Transcendence were being given a personal demonstration of the prowess of a Tesla Model S by Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk when the local highway patrol pulled them over for speeding.

Depp, who says he had never before ridden in the luxury all-electric sedan, was introduced to Musk by the film’s director Wally Pfister. Musk, who had driven down to the set, then offered Depp, fellow cast members Rebecca Hall, and Paul Bettany, and director Pfister a ride.

“I had one of the best experiences I’ve ever had,” Depp gushed to the Sun. “The director introduced me to Elon Musk at Tesla. He came and visited the set and we had a ride around in his car but then the police pulled us over”.

Depp, who plays an influential artificial intelligence expert in the film, seems rather taken with the luxury plug-in sports sedan, but said while Musk remained light-hearted about the whole thing, the highway patrol officer who pulled them over wasn’t.

It was one of these which got Musk and co into trouble. Who can blame them?

It was one of these which got Musk and co into trouble. Who can blame them?

“Elon had a good sense of humour about it. The cop did not. He needed a humour chip. But it was a good time, nonetheless,” Depp said.

We think perhaps it wasn’t so much the fact that Musk was speeding which caught the cop’s attention though: Depp was sat in the front passenger seat with Paul Bettany riding in his lap.

Naturally, we can’t condone riding in someone’s lap or speeding in a luxury electric car. But this little snippet of salacious news — its disclosure perfectly timed to coincide with the film’s impending U.S. release this weekend — did make us chuckle. While Depp didn’t disclose when the incident happened, we’d have to guess it was some time ago, since it apparently happened while filming for Transcendence was still going on.

It also poses another question: does this mean Depp is going to become Tesla’s latest celebrity customer? And if so, what sort of specification car will he buy? And will it be customized in any way?

Leave your thoughts in the comments below, along with your suggestions for what Mr. Depp should include if — and when — he buys a super sexy Model S for himself.

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