Johnny Depp has said that “most” of the words written about him are “fantastically, horrifically written fiction” while talking about being “boycotted” by Hollywood.
Depp returned to the screen for Jeanne du Barry, a French-language film that opened the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday (16 May) night. The film received a seven-minute standing ovation, to which Depp was seen “crying” in response.
The project, from French filmmaker Maïwenn, marks the Pirates of the Caribbean star’s first lead role since winning his highly publicized defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard last year.
Depp sued Heard for defamation, saying she falsely implied he had abused her in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed titled: “I speak out against sexual violence – and face the wrath of our culture. That has to change.”
The jury ultimately ruled in favor of Depp, although they also found in favor of Heard’s countersuit, in which she claimed that Depp’s lawyer defamed her by describing her allegations of abuse as a “hoax “. Heard later settled a defamation suit against Depp.
On Wednesday (17 May), Depp appeared at a press conference with Jeanne du BarryThe cast and creative team. He was 42 minutes late in the conference.
Asked if he still agreed with previous comments that he was “boycotted” by Hollywood, the 59-year-old said: “Do I feel boycotted by Hollywood? You have to have no pulse at that point to feel [like]’None of this is happening, it’s just a weird joke – you’ve been asleep for 35 years!’
“Of course, when you’re asked to resign from a film you made because of something that’s just a bunch of vowels and consonants floating in the air, you feel a little boycotted.”
In 2020, Depp announced that he would be leaving the Harry Potter spin-off franchise Fantastic Beasts, having been asked to resign by Warner Bros.
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His departure came after losing a libel case against him The sun in the UK, where he sued the paper after it published an article describing him as a “wife beater”. A UK court ruled that the claim was “substantially true”.
Depp has not been in a major US film since the UK trial.
Speaking at Cannes, Depp continued: “Do I feel boycotted now? No, not at all. I don’t feel boycotted by Hollywood because I don’t think about it. I don’t think about Hollywood. I don’t need to in Hollywood myself.
“It’s a strange, funny time where everyone wants to be themselves but they can’t, because they have to fall in line. Do you want to live that kind of life? I hope you do the best. I’m in the other place.”
Talking about the idea that he made a “comeback”. Jeanne du Barry, Depp said: “I’m not going anywhere. Honestly, I live about 45 minutes away… Back, I’m like going out and tap dancing.
“The idea of something like that, it’s a strange mystery.”
You can read The Independentreview of Jeanne du Barry here.