Johnny Depp has always made headlines. From Captain Jack Sparrow of the Pirates of the Caribbean series to Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands (1990) the star is widely acclaimed for his expert and entertaining character portrayals.
Nearly everyone in the world watched closely during the dramatic trial with his ex-wife Amber Heard. And while Depp emerged victorious from the legal battle, it clearly took a toll on him emotionally and financially.
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After losing acting jobs to the discourse, such as his role in Fantastic Beasts in the Harry Potter franchise, Johnny Depp still has a devoted fanbase, but his persona certainly took a hit.
It looks like things are getting back on track for the Hollywood icon after the premiere of his film at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival in France. Depp stars in the historical drama Jeanne Du Barry by French director and lead actress Maïwenn.
IMDb describes the film as,
The life of Jeanne Bécu who was born as the illegitimate daughter of an impoverished seamstress in 1743 and went on to rise through the Court of Louis XV to become his last official mistress.
At its premiere, Johnny Depp’s peers welcomed him back to the International Film Festival, despite his struggles to find work in Hollywood around the domestic abuse claims. In reference to his struggle, Depp told Cannes reporters,
I don’t feel boycotted by Hollywood, because I don’t think about Hollywood. It’s a strange, funny time where everybody would love to be able to be themselves, but they can’t. They must fall in line with the person in front of them. If you want to live that life, I wish you the best.
After Jeanne Du Barry the crowd showed their appreciation and love for his work with a SEVEN MINUTE standing ovation. See him talk about the experience in the video below:
Variety reported on how proud his daughter, Lily Rose Depp was of her father. Apparently, he had tears in his eyes during the sentiment. The pair are happy they get to do projects that they’re “super proud of.”