In a recently-released video from the Cannes Film Festival, Johnny Depp discussed his tumultuous recent years.
Following his bitter defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard, Depp’s film Jeanne du Barry (directed by Mawenn), which opened the May festival this year, was seen by many as his “comeback” in Hollywood.
The Pirates of the Caribbean actress played the lead for the first time since triumphing in the lawsuit against Heard last year in the French-language movie about Louis XV’s final mistress.
Photographer Greg Williams posted a video of Depp getting ready for Cannes on his Instagram account on Wednesday (14 June).
Depp, 60, was seen in the video returning to Cannes saying, “I’ve done it a few times with different films over many years. When you’re on the receiving end, it’s always kind of beautiful, but at first you just feel f***ing exposed.
Depp replied that a friend had texted him to say it was his comeback movie or something when Williams asked him how it felt to be back at the festival promoting a movie.
You can call it whatever you want and make it however you want, but why not return? On his way to the film’s premiere, Depp remarked that you have to leave in order to return. I didn’t get lost. It’s possible that I wasn’t considered, examined, or permitted to be examined.
When asked whether he felt any “satisfaction” about coming back to Cannes, Depp chuckled and said: “This, you know, yes, there is.”
Because, as you may know, it was similar to what I had previously said at the beginning and peak of this terrible period. People can repeatedly hit rock bottom, he claimed.
You can fall to the bottom without stopping a trillion times, but if you’re fortunate enough to land in the basement, you’re okay, right?
In a 2018 Washington Post opinion piece, Heard was alleged to have falsely implied that Depp was abusive towards her. Depp responded by suing Heard for defamation.
Warner Bros. had asked Depp to resign, and Depp made the decision to leave the Fantastic Beasts Harry Potter spinoff in 2020.
His departure followed the defeat of a libel lawsuit he filed against The Sun in the UK after the publication of an article calling him a “wife beater.”
Since the UK trial, Depp has not been given a leading role in a US movie.
Depp was questioned about whether he still felt “boycotted” by Hollywood during a press conference in Cannes. Is it true that I felt shunned by Hollywood?
At that point, you’d have to be dead to feel [as though], ‘None of this is happening, this is actually just a weird joke – you’ve been asleep for 35 years!'” he replied.
Naturally, you feel a little boycotted when you’re asked to leave a movie you’re working on over a few vowels and consonants that are just floating around.
You have to wait 20 seconds.
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