Payam Javan: Johnny Depp appeared at the Cannes Film Festival following the premiere of his latest film, “Jeanne du Barry,” and stated that he no longer needs Hollywood. The French film, directed by Maïwenn and featuring Depp as King Louis XV, is his first project since his legal battle with ex-wife Amber Heard. Depp claimed that he had lost work due to Heard’s allegations, and the court awarded him $10 million in damages while granting Heard $2 million. Depp mentioned feeling boycotted by Hollywood but asserted that he doesn’t think about it and has no further interest in returning to studio projects.
During the press conference, Depp arrived late and dismissed much of what has been written about him as “fantastically, horrifically written fiction.” Some critics questioned whether Cannes should have given Depp such a prominent platform. In response, Depp compared the situation to being banned from McDonald’s because a small group of angry people disliked him. He expressed his confusion over the term “comeback” and stated that he never left, emphasizing that he lives only 45 minutes away.
“Jeanne du Barry” was released in French cinemas, but it does not yet have distribution in the United States. Depp’s presence at the festival marked his return to the public eye after a tumultuous period and highlighted his decision to distance himself from Hollywood.