ACTOR Johnny Depp, who has not been seen in public since his court battle with ex-wife Amber Heard last year, received a rapturous seven-minute round of applause Tuesday night at the opening night of the Cannes Film Festival. Jeanne du Barry.
Depp held back tears as the crowd in the south of France erupted into prolonged applause for his performance as King Louis XV. He waved to the audience on the balcony and seemed to be taken aback by the response.
Jeanne du Barry It stars actor/director Maiwenn as Jeanne Vaubernier, a working class woman in 18th century France who rises through the social ladder and becomes the mistress of King Louis XV.
Her working-class roots make her a social outcast in the royal court. Supporting cast includes Benjamin Laverne, Pierre Richard, Melville Poupot and Pascal Greggory.
The controversy surrounding the film began long before its premiere at Cannes. The film marks Depp’s most high-profile acting role since the conclusion of his 2022 legal battle against ex-wife Amber Heard.
Although the jury sided with Depp, the actor remains on the sidelines of Hollywood due to allegations of violence that surfaced during the trial. Festival director Thierry Fremaux spoke to the press ahead of the premiere and talked about Depp’s presence at Cannes.
“I don’t know anything about Johnny Depp’s image in the US,” Fremo said.
“Honestly, in my life I have only one rule: it is freedom of thought, freedom of speech and action within the law. If Johnny Depp had been banned from the film, or the film itself had been banned, we wouldn’t be talking about it here.”
Depp’s presence obviously brought attention to the festival.
Juror Brie Larson dismissed a question posed to her by a journalist about Depp’s involvement, saying she “doesn’t understand the correlation” of why she was specifically questioned about it.
Jeanne du Barry seeking distribution in the US at the festival.