On Tuesday, Johnny Depp was the lead in the opening of Cannes Film Festival 2023. The actor sealed his triumphant return to the screens by receiving 7 minutes of standing ovations when he presents Jeanne du Barry, the film in which he plays Louis XV.
the movie of Maiwenn opened the “world of cinema” to be held on the French coast until Saturday 27 May. The focus, though, wasn’t on directing or story – it was centered, as expected, on Depp.
As can be seen in several videos that have appeared on French TV and networks, the actor wept with emotion when he heard the applause that was dedicated to him.
Additionally, she waved from a balcony and spent several minutes among dozens of fans who came to the red carpet.
Maïwenn, director and star of the film, added her tears. “It was a difficult production to finance and I want to share this moment with my entire team,” she enthused.
Jeanne du Barry is the first film Depp has worked on after living through a hectic 2022. Recall that last year the actor and his ex-wife Amber heard They starred in a fierce trial that exceeded the limits of the media.
According to specialized media such as Variety, the French director summoned Depp at the end of the trial.
Despite trusting the actor after an argument ended in which he was better off than his opponent, the director was criticized for his decision.
On the other hand, Thierry Fremauxthe director of the festival, was completely in favor of Depp’s presence at the most important event in cinema.
“If there’s one person in the world who hasn’t found an interest in that much-hyped process, it’s me. I don’t know what it is. I’m only interested in Johnny Depp as an actor” Fremaux said at a press conference.
“Actually, in my life, I have only one rule: it is the freedom to think, and the freedom of expression and action within a legal framework. If Johnny Depp had been banned from acting in a film, or if film had been banned, we wouldn’t be here talking about it,” he continued.
In Jeanne-du-BarryDepp plays Louis XV, a French king who ruled for 59 years, leading the second longest monarchy in history.
The protagonist of the film is Jeanne, a young working-class woman who uses her intelligence and her charm to climb the social hierarchies and when she appears in the eyes of the king she becomes his lover.
The trial between Depp and Heard
Depp and Heard squared off in a media duel with little to no precedent in April last year. Both talked about strong incidents related to their private life and showed shocking materials from the time they lived together.
The two actors, it is worth mentioning, started their relationship in 2012, got married in 2015 and reached a divorce settlement a year later, which ended in 2017.
In the midst of the procedures related to their breakup, she reported her ex for physical and verbal abuse. Heard reiterated that he suffered these crimes – without mentioning his attacker – in the Washington Post article that gave rise to the conflict in the trial.
After several days of witness statements and sample evidence, the jury ruled that the actress should pay her $10.35 million formerly and $2 million on Heard’s counterclaim.
The lawsuit had initially been for $50 million in compensation for financial losses, while the countersuit, which had to do, among other things, with an alleged smear campaign that Johnny allegedly waged against Amber, for 100.
Finally, in December it became known that Depp and Heard arranged for her to pay him $1 million. instead of the original 10.35.
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