Embattled actor Johnny Depp made a triumphant return to public life, premiering his first movie in over three years at the Cannes Film Festival where he told Hollywood he has “no further need” of the industry and toxic culture. This guy just gets more awesome by the day, doesn’t he? He defeated his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, in a high profile defamation trial, proving that not only was he not an abuser, but was actually the victim of abuse perpetrated by the actress. And that was not only a win for Depp, but a win for all men everywhere locked in a fight against false accusations leveled by women involved in the toxic side of the #MeToo movement.
“Depp made a rare public appearance to face questions from the press following the opening-night premiere of ‘Jeanne du Barry,’ in which Depp plays King Louis XV. The film, directed by and starring Maiwann, is Depp’s first film since a jury last year largely sided with him in his legal battle with his ex-wife, Amber Heard,” Breitbart News reported.
“Part of Depp’s argument in that 2022 defamation trial was that he had lost work due to Heard’s allegations. Heard was ordered to pay Depp $10 million in damages, vindicating his allegations that Heard lied about Depp abusing her before and during their brief marriage,” the report continued.
Guys, Heard took a massive poop in the man’s bed. She’s not exactly what you’d call “marriage material,” right? Well, now she’s reaping what she sowed. Studios want basically nothing to do with her. It’s going to take a long, long time before her image is repaired enough to not be the constant butt of jokes, no pun intended.
“Did I feel boycotted by Hollywood? You’d have to not have a pulse to feel like, ‘No. None of this is happening. It’s a weird joke,’” Depp said to reporters. “When you’re asked to resign from a film you’re doing because of something that is merely a function of vowels and consonants floating in the air, yes, you feel boycotted.”
When all of this mess started, Depp was asked to step down from his roll in the somewhat popular “Harry Potter” spin-off franchise “Fantastic Beasts.” However, now that the storm has passed and he’s been vindicated, he’s made it clear he has absolutely zero interest in doing any more studio projects.
“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 remarked. “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.”
Cannes isn’t known for having a whole lot of wild, chaotic press conferences for the films that debut at the festival, but the one for “Jeanne du Barry” definitely fit that bill. The event kicked off a bit late and started off with Maiwann and several other cast members, but Depp was not among them. He showed up 20 minutes into the conference and the spotlight immediately shifted over to the fan favorite actor.
Depp went on to refer to much of the reporting written about him over the course of recent years, “fantastically, horrifically written fiction.”
“It’s like asking the question: ‘How are you doing?’ But the subtext is, ‘God, I hate you,’” said the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor.
Breitbart said, “Some have raised questioned about whether Cannes ought to have given Depp such a prominent platform. Asked how he would respond to such critics, Depp made a comparison that suggested few people feel that way.”
“What if one day, they did not allow me to go to McDonald’s for life because somewhere there’d be 39 angry people watching me eat a Big Mac on a loop?” wondered Depp. “Who are they? What do they care?”
“I’ve had my 17th comeback, apparently,” Depp quipped during the press conference. “I keep wondering about the word ‘comeback.’ I didn’t go anywhere. As a matter of fact, I live about 45 minutes away. Maybe people stopped calling out of whatever their fear was at the time. But I didn’t go nowhere.”
Let’s hope Depp’s awakening continues and his eyes are opened to a whole lot more of the wrongness that comes with woke culture.