Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce hit back at Johnny Depp on Wednesday after the latter reignited their feud by commenting that the former looks “inbred with a tomato.”

Joyce remarked that he is turning into Depp’s own Hannibal Lecter, the famous sinister character from the 1991 Hollywood film “The Silence of the Lambs,” according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

“I’m inside his head, I’m pulling little strings and pulling little levers,” he said. “Long after I’ve forgotten about Mr Depp, he’s remembering me.”

The Nationals leader and Agricultural Minister also took the opportunity while speaking to his electorate in New England to thank the Hollywood actor for providing exposure to Australia’s biosecurity laws.

“The Australian people know we did the right thing,” he said. “When I walk around the streets of Tamworth or the streets of Bundaberg or Martin Place in Sydney, whether they like me or not, they say, ‘Well, we don’t completely like you but you were right on that one.’”

Depp appeared on the US talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live, where Kimmel quizzed the actor about the legal troubles he faced with his wife Amber Heard in Australia last year, where they pleaded guilty for bringing their dogs illegally to the country.

When asked about the Deputy Prime Minister, Depp remarked, “He looks somehow, like, inbred with a tomato,” and called him ‘Barnaby Jones.’ “It’s not a criticism. I was a little worried. He might explode,” the actor added, according to ABC News.

Also brought up for discussion was Depp and Heard’s apology video, which made rounds over the internet and was widely mocked on social media.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star said that the video was put together by “an absolute genius,” but did not reveal the identity of the person who wrote the script for the video.

“These are the things you have to prepare a long time for and you know, to be able to tap into the emotion that you need,” Depp said matter-of-factly.

Depp and Heard went to Australia last month, where she faced the court to plead guilty for falsifying immigration documents. Meanwhile, the two illegal importation charges against her were dropped.