Hollywood luminary Johnny Depp made a triumphant return to the silver screen, gracing the premiere of the film "Jeanne du Barry" at the esteemed Cannes Film Festival. It was a night filled with emotions for the renowned actor, particularly as this marked his first film appearance and red carpet event since the highly publicized trial with his former spouse, Amber Heard, which concluded last year.
The Cannes audience showered Depp with an outpouring of adulation, culminating in a remarkable seven-minute round of applause following the screening. Overwhelmed by the reception, the illustrious actor struggled to contain his feelings, at one point clutching his head and embracing the film's director, Maiwenn Le Besco.
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Depp's Provocative Role in "Jeanne du Barry"
In this latest cinematic endeavor, Depp portrays the character of French King Louis XV, who becomes enamored with a courtesan.
His return to acting has not been without its share of controversy. Even Thierry Fremaux, the festival's director, expressed his thoughts, stating that he was solely interested in Depp as an actor. Despite prevailing in last year's defamation trial against Amber Heard, many speculated that Depp's career would flounder in the aftermath.
However, the 59-year-old actor has unequivocally demonstrated that he is here to stay on the Hollywood stage for the foreseeable future. "I don't know about the image of Johnny Depp in the U.S.," Fremaux recently remarked at a pre-Cannes press conference. "To tell you the truth, in my life, I only have one rule, it's the freedom of thinking, and the freedom of speech and acting within a legal framework."
Critical Reception at Cannes Film Festival
Initial reviews of "Jeanne du Barry" from Cannes reveal that, beyond the resounding standing ovation, Depp's performance fails to impress: "Even the casting — some would say stunt casting — of Johnny Depp as the king offers a few early thrills and then mostly yawns, with Depp dishing out what feels like a total of a dozen lines in respectable French, while otherwise remaining mute.
His performance isn’t bad, and neither is Maïwenn's in the lead role. But the two of them, like the movie, rarely get our pulse racing. With all the recent controversy surrounding Depp... the result of their collaboration is a handsome period piece that feels both flat and shallow, and certainly far from any scandale." — Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter.