stupid story, but i love this guy. cold=shitty movie me thinks. mordecai looks pretty lame. Johnny Depp Misses Press Conference Because ... He Was Attacked by a Chupacabra? Enlarge Johnny Depp Steve Granitz/WireImage By Michele Corriston @mcorriston 01/28/2015 AT 06:35 PM EST Johnny Depp getting mauled by a chupacabra? Sounds like a Tim Burton movie gone wrong. But the actor really did blame his absence from a news conference in Tokyo on the mythological Latin American beast. Depp is in Japan to promote Mortdecai, an action-packed farce also starring Gwyneth Paltrow. "I was attacked yesterday morning by a very rarely seen or experienced animal called 'chupacabra.' I fought with it for hours," Depp, 51, joked to reporters Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. "They're very persistent, very mean. And I'm pretty sure it came into my suitcase. I threw him off the 23rd floor. So we'll never see him again. Thank you for understanding." The real reason he skipped out on more than 200 journalists at Tuesday's event isn't quite so fantastical: He had a cold. But hey, this is Hollywood. And if anyone has earned the right to embellish, it's Captain Jack Sparrow.