After failing to declare their dogs Pistol and Boo to Australian customs last year, Johnny Depp and his wife Amber Heard faced charges for breaching biosecurity, but escaped with no conviction.
Bringing a close to what was dubbed the "War on Terrier", the pair were forced to record a an educational video for the Australian Government.
The 45-second clip features the couple talking about immigration, biosecurity and their respect for Australia.
"When you disrespect Australian law," Depp says in the video, "they will tell you firmly."
Of course, it wasn't long before the internet stepped in to turn the entire production into a farce.
when you skype your parents and dad still can't deal with you being gay but mum is at least trying pic.twitter.com/rmw8uqIG8I— scott (@scottsues) April 18, 2016
Ranking of Johnny Depp's worst acting performances:
4. The Tourist— Mark Di Stefano (@MarkDiStef) April 18, 2016
3. Pirates 3
2. Apology to Australia video
Nice touch by Johnny Depp & Amber Heard to film their dog-smuggling apology video as though they're talking to a dog pic.twitter.com/Vpju9VxSsQ— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) April 18, 2016
Many also pointed out the video's hilarious similarities to an episode of The Simpsons where Bart is convicted for fraud in Australia and faces the menacing 'boot'.
The moment Johnny Depp knew he'd be making a public apology to the whole of Australia pic.twitter.com/0y79l7H7Gi— ShortList Magazine (@ShortList) April 18, 2016
Film reviewers couldn't resist jumping in on the action too. The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw gave Depp's latest release a one star review, saying the video is the "equivalent of too-cool-for-school Year 12 students sneeringly saying 'sorr-eeeeee!' to the headteacher".
It fared little better at the Herald Sun, with Leigh Patsch describing it as "a low-budget experimental black comedy". His two-star review was complete with the title Who Let The Dogs In?, rated PG for "pretty goofy", and masterminded by the genius of deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.
Sure enough, YouTube seems convinced that the video was a nothing less than a pure Australian production, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the elaborate stunt.