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Johnny Depp Turns His Back On Hollywood



Knowledge Nuggets:

  • Actor Johnny Depp, appearing at the Cannes Film Festival, declared that he has “no further need” for Hollywood.
  • The statement followed the premiere of “Jeanne du Barry,” his first film in three years where he portrays King Louis XV.
  • This marks Depp’s return to the screen after a 2022 defamation trial against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, which ended in his favor. Heard was ordered to pay Depp $10 million in damages.
  • Depp, who was previously asked to resign from the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise, stated that he now lacks interest in returning to studio projects.
  • There has been controversy surrounding Depp’s prominent appearance at Cannes, given his recent history.

Johnny Depp made a rare public appearance at the Cannes Film Festival, following the premiere of his latest film, “Jeanne du Barry.” The actor made headlines by stating he has “no further need” for Hollywood.

This assertion follows a turbulent period for Depp, marked by legal disputes and allegations of domestic abuse by his ex-wife, Amber Heard.

In “Jeanne du Barry,” Depp takes on the role of King Louis XV, marking his first appearance on the big screen since his 2022 defamation trial against Heard. In this legal battle, the jury largely sided with Depp, vindicating his claim that Heard had falsely accused him of abuse. Consequently, Heard was ordered to pay $10 million in damages to Depp.

The fallout from these allegations previously saw Depp being asked to step down from the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise. However, the actor seems to have shifted his perspective on Hollywood. Depp stated, “I don’t feel boycotted by Hollywood, because I don’t think about Hollywood. I don’t have much further need for Hollywood, myself.”

Depp’s appearance at the “Jeanne du Barry” press conference drew significant attention, with the actor arriving 20 minutes into the event and quickly taking the spotlight. He went on to describe much of what has been written about him in recent years as “fantastically, horrifically written fiction.”

Despite Depp’s return to the film industry, some critics have questioned whether Cannes should have offered such a significant platform to the actor, considering his recent past. Responding to these critics, Depp likened the scenario to being barred from McDonald’s due to a handful of disapproving spectators.

The release of “Jeanne du Barry,” which debuted on Tuesday in French cinemas, doesn’t currently have U.S. distribution. Reflecting on his career trajectory, Depp mused, “I’ve had my 17th comeback, apparently. I keep wondering about the word ‘comeback.’ I didn’t go anywhere.”




  1. Dias

    May 22, 2023 at 6:39 pm

    Jonny Depp has been creative and entertaining. Thanks. He has also been a pain-in-the-neck(?).
    (Some may have a lower opinion.) When are Harry and Meghan going away ?

    • edi

      May 23, 2023 at 9:26 am

      Harry/Meghan are in the news so much because it seems people are obsessed with them. Like the Kardashians, WTF is the obsession?

  2. PurePurple

    May 22, 2023 at 7:13 pm

    Thank you Johnny Depp, you don’t need Hollywood. Many good wishes to you as well. It’s also a blessing to have won your court case and got rid of the skank you were married to.

  3. Robert Janicki

    May 22, 2023 at 11:44 pm

    Anyone turning his back on Hollywood and all that entails, can’t be all bad. Depp has walked a golden path of success and based on the movies he was in, he deserves the accolades as I found his movies to be entertaining and worth my time to watch. Depp should continue on as he sees fit,

  4. Lee

    May 24, 2023 at 11:28 am

    Sure hope his distain of Hollywood includes his move out of Californication and its high taxes.

  5. Edith

    June 4, 2023 at 7:05 pm

    Why must he always look so disheveled and dirty? Is this the new Depp?

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