Actor Johnny Depp made a bold statement during his appearance at the Cannes Film Festival for the premiere of his film “Jeanne du Barry.” Speaking to the press after the opening night of the French movie, where Depp portrays King Louis XV and delivers lines in French, the actor expressed that he has “no further need for Hollywood.”
“Jeanne du Barry” marks Depp’s return to the big screen since his last film, “Minamata,” released in 2020. However, the actor has been making headlines more for his personal life than his acting career. Depp recently sued his ex-wife, Amber Heard, for defamation, following her allegations of domestic abuse. The legal battle has affected Depp’s professional opportunities, and he claimed that the accusations hindered his ability to secure work. The jury sided largely with Depp in the case, granting him $10.35 million in damages last June, while Heard was awarded $2 million in a counterclaim. Nonetheless, supporters of Heard have raised questions about Depp’s presence at the film festival and launched the #CannesYouNot campaign on social media. Despite the criticism and industry perceptions, the 59-year-old actor appeared unfazed.
During the press conference, Depp dismissed any concerns about being boycotted by Hollywood, stating that he doesn’t think about the industry. He described the current climate as a “strange, funny time” where individuals are eager to be themselves but are often required to conform to societal expectations. Depp expressed well-wishes for those who choose to follow that path but emphasized that he himself is focused on promoting his new film and continuing his acting journey.
Depp also responded to the notion of having multiple “comebacks” in his career, remarking that he never really left. He jokingly mentioned living just 45 minutes away, highlighting his ongoing presence and dedication to his craft.
With his declaration at the Cannes Film Festival, Depp makes it clear that he is not reliant on Hollywood and remains committed to pursuing his passion for acting. While his personal life has faced intense scrutiny, he chooses to focus on his artistic endeavors, including his latest role in “Jeanne du Barry.” As the festival unfolds, Depp’s presence and performance are sure to generate both interest and conversation among movie enthusiasts worldwide. Depp’s career is filled with iconic roles and performances, leading fans to be curious as to what the future holds for him. The actor has already proven he can transcend genres from comedy in “Pirates of the Caribbean” to drama in “Finding Neverland.”