…By Enitan Thompson for TDPel Media.
Johnny Depp, the renowned actor, was visibly moved when his latest film, Jeanne du Barry, received a remarkable seven-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday.
This marked Depp’s first red carpet appearance since his highly publicized defamation trial against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, last year.
As Depp arrived at the event, he was warmly welcomed by a multitude of fans, some holding banners that expressed their support and love for the actor.
Inside the theatre, the crowd’s enthusiasm mirrored the reception outside, as the 59-year-old Depp received a prolonged standing ovation that lasted for seven minutes once the film concluded.
In footage from the premiere, Depp appeared emotional, seen holding his hands to his face before embracing the film’s director, Maïwenn.
Ramin Setoodeh, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Variety, captured the touching moment and shared it on Twitter, noting Depp’s tearful reaction.
Controversial Selection and Festival Director’s Response
It is worth noting that the French-language film, Jeanne du Barry, was chosen to open the Cannes Film Festival this year, a decision that sparked controversy.
Cannes director Thierry Fremaux faced backlash due to the allegations made against Depp by his ex-wife, Amber Heard.
Regarding Depp’s inclusion in the festival, Fremaux previously emphasized the importance of freedom of speech and acting within the confines of the law.
He also mentioned that the controversy arose once the film’s participation at Cannes was announced since it was widely known that Depp had worked on a film in France.
Addressing the matter further, Fremaux mentioned that he was not well-informed about the details of the trial and suggested directing inquiries to Jeanne du Barry director, Maïwenn.
He stated that he personally did not find much interest in the highly publicized trial and expressed his admiration for Johnny Depp as an actor.
Jeanne Du Barry and Depp’s Return to the Big Screen
Jeanne Du Barry, a historical drama, features Johnny Depp portraying King Louis XV alongside French actress Maiwenn, Pierre Richard, and Benjamin Lavernhe.
This film marks Depp’s first major onscreen appearance since his legal battle with Amber Heard.
The lawsuit stemmed from a 2018 article written by Heard for The Washington Post, where she detailed her experiences as a survivor of domestic abuse.
Depp’s legal team argued that the article falsely accused him of being an abuser.
The standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival serves as a significant moment for Johnny Depp, demonstrating the continued admiration and support he receives from audiences despite the controversies surrounding his personal life.