Johnny Depp Reflects on His Turbulent Later Years at Cannes Film Festival
Johnny Depp recently released a video reflecting on his tumultuous later years at the Cannes Film Festival. His film, Jeanne du Barry, directed by Maïwenn, premiered at the festival in May and was seen as a Hollywood “return” after his bitter libel trial against ex-wife Amber Heard.
A “Comeback” Role for Depp
Jeanne du Barry, a French-language film about Louis XV’s mistress, marked Depp’s first leading role since winning the trial against Heard. Photographer Greg Williams shared a behind-the-scenes video of Depp preparing for Cannes on Instagram, where Depp discussed his return to the festival.
Feeling Exposed on the Receiving End
In the video, Depp expressed how being on the receiving end of attention can be both beautiful and initially unsettling. He acknowledged that it felt good to be back at Cannes for the film’s premiere, but emphasized that he never truly left despite public perception.
A “Horrible Period” and Finding the Basement
Depp discussed his legal battles with Heard, stating that the period was a challenging one. He expressed that hitting rock bottom multiple times is possible, but if fortunate enough, one can find the basement and bounce back.
Depp’s Legal Battles and Hollywood Boycott
Depp sued Heard for defamation, claiming she falsely implied abuse in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed. He later left the Fantastic Beasts franchise after Warner Bros. asked for his resignation, following his loss in a libel case against The Sun. Depp admitted that he felt boycotted by Hollywood due to the impact of the allegations on his career.
To read The Independent’s review of Jeanne du Barry, click here.