Before the presentation of Jeanne du Barry, the opening film of the Cannes Film Festival, on Tuesday, the actor Johnny Depp appeared to be back in full superstar mode, signing autographs and posing for photos with fans. This is the actor’s first significant job following his well-known defamation lawsuit.
Fans were spotted holding posters that said “Congrats, Johnny” and “We are sorry” with a heart in the city on the French Riviera.
In his defamation battle with ex wife and actor Amber Heard, Depp was awarded more than $10 million in damages by a U.S. jury, giving him a nearly complete triumph. Less than two years prior, Depp had sued the Sun newspaper in Britain for defamation after they had dubbed him a “wife beater.” He had lost the case. Depp was soon fired from the Fantastic Beasts franchise.
The audience gave Jeanne du Barry a standing ovation and showed their appreciation. Positive reviews were given to the festival opener, which featured Johnny Depp as King Louis XV.
When the audience applauded after the screening, Depp was deeply moved and fought back tears as he expressed gratitude. The astounding seven-minute standing ovation demonstrated the depth of adoration and love for Depp’s interpretation of the role.
Johnny Depp is teary-eyed as "Jeanne du Barry" receives a seven-minute standing ovation following its premiere at #Cannes2023. https://t.co/vCSwNkhYVL pic.twitter.com/NAigHMBwny
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Depp plays King Louis XV in Jeanne du Barry, directed and starring French actor and director Maïwenn Le Besco, known as Maïwenn, as the French courtesan Madame du Barry who climbed the social ladder at Versailles to become the king’s favourite.