Johnny Depp says he ‘doesn’t need Hollywood anymore’ at Cannes Film Festival

Johnny Depp returns to the big screen at Cannes

Johnny Depp returns to the movie screen as the Cannes Film Festival kicks off


Actor Johnny Depp said he “doesn’t need Hollywood anymore” during an appearance at the Cannes Film Festival for the premiere of his film “Jeanne du Barry.”

The actor met with the press to answer questions after the opening night of his French film, directed by Maïwenn, in which Depp plays King Louis XV and speaks French. “Jeanne du Barry” marks Depp’s first film since 2020’s “Minamata.”

More recently, Depp was in the headlines after suing his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, for defamation. Heard alleged that Depp abused her, an allegation that Depp claimed hurt her ability to get a job. The jury largely sided with the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star in the case, awarding him $10.35 million last June, while Heard was awarded $2 million in a counterclaim.

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Johnny Depp attends the ‘Jeanne Du Barry’ press conference at the 76th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2023 in Cannes, France.

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Heard’s supporters have questioned Depp’s appearance at the film festival and have launched the #CannesYouNot campaign on social media. However, the 59-year-old actor did not appear to be concerned about criticism or the perception of him within the industry.

“I don’t feel boycotted by Hollywood, because I don’t think about Hollywood,” Depp said. “It’s a weird and fun time where everyone would love to be themselves, but they can’t. They have to align with the person in front of them. If you want to live that life, I wish you the best.” .”

Depp said he is focused on promoting his new movie and the acting process, adding that he is not going anywhere.

“Apparently I’ve had about 17 comebacks,” Depp said. “I keep wondering about the word ‘return’ because I didn’t go anywhere. In fact, I live about 45 minutes away.”

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