There will be three unmissable press conferences at the Cannes Film Festival this year. First that of Johnny DeppOf Jeanne-du-Barrywhich opened the 76th edition of the Festival yesterday evening.
Then will come the turns of Indiana Jones and the Call of Fatewith Harrison Ford to the head, and the The flower moon killersby Martin Scorsese, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, among others.
But what concerns us now is that of Johnny Depp.
Twenty minutes before the press conference was scheduled to start, the press room was packed.
But we should still wait. The press conference of Jeanne-du-Barry it started half an hour later than expected (it was 12, it started at 12:28), and it was announced that, in addition, Johnny Depp “will arrive later”. Apparently, it was due to a traffic jam (where does it stop?), a traffic jam on the Croisette, Cannes’ seaside boulevard.
The American star joined the table 12 minutes into the conference. She obviously missed the previous photo shoot too, so she agreed to meet the paparazzi after the press meet.
With his hair down, a dark brown suit and waistcoat, a white shirt and the same glasses as last night at the film’s premiere, Depp attracted attention from the moment he sat next to Pierre Richard and Maïwenne, the director and co-star. of the film.
And the first question is whether he feels boycotted by Hollywood, after the allegations of sexual abuse – and the subsequent defamation trials – of his ex-wife, the actress Amber Heard.
“Did I feel boycotted by Hollywood? You should have no pulse to think, ‘No, none of this is happening. It’s a strange joke.” When they ask you to give up a movie you’re making for something that’s just a function of vowels and consonants floating in the air, you really feel boycotted.”
He didn’t mention it, but that’s how he referred to the sequel to Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secretswhere he was replaced by Mads Mikkelsen as Gellert Grindelwald, the role he had in the previous film in the saga, which is a spin-off of Harry Potter.
And he continued: “I don’t feel boycotted by Hollywood because I don’t think about Hollywood. It’s a weird and fun time where everyone wishes they could be themselves, but they can’t. They should line up with the person in front of them. If you want to live that life, I wish you the best.”
When asked about some media disdain for him, he replied: “Most of what you read is horribly written fantastic fiction. It’s like asking the question: ‘How are you?’ But the subtext is: “God, I hate you.”
And, furthermore, he ruled out the idea that Cannes is his return to cinema. “Apparently, I had my 17th comeback. I keep thinking about the word “return”. I didn’t go anywhere… Maybe people stopped yelling at me because they were scared at the time. But I didn’t go anywhere.”
When asked what he would say to someone who thinks they shouldn’t go to Cannes because of his past legal troubles, the actor responded with another question: “What if one day I’m not allowed, under any circumstances, anything I can’t go to McDonald’s all my life because somewhere, if I had them all in one room, there would be 39 angry people watching me eat a Big Mac with a funny face, for fun? Who are they? Why bother Does it matter? No, I think we have to worry first. People should really think about what they’re talking about. Really.”
And there was no more time for anything. Johnny went to get the photos he couldn’t take, dragging the entire film crew with him. After all, the star is he, and no one else but him.
Charles Hurd is an entertainment journalist for News Rebeat. He brings a fresh and engaging voice to the world of pop culture, covering the latest developments in film, television, music, and more.