Johnny Depp Feels 'Perversely Lucky' to Play King Louis XV in 'Jeanne du Barry'

Johnny Depp's comeback film captivates at UK premiere.

by Nouman Rasool
Johnny Depp Feels 'Perversely Lucky' to Play King Louis XV in 'Jeanne du Barry'
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At the UK premiere of his latest film, "Jeanne du Barry," Johnny Depp expressed a profound sense of fortune for landing the role of French King Louis XV, describing the opportunity as "strangely, oddly, perversely lucky." The event, held at the Curzon Theater in Mayfair, saw Depp alongside the film's director and co-star, Maïwenn, where they introduced the highly anticipated film to an eager audience.

During his address, Depp reflected on his surprising journey from his roots in Kentucky to portraying a historical monarch, "It made no sense to me," he admitted, recounting his initial hesitance when approached by Maïwenn for the role.

"I tried to talk her out of it. But she wasn't hearing it and had the great courage to include me in her cast." Depp's candid sharing highlighted the dichotomy of his humble beginnings and the grandeur of playing a king, adding a personal layer to his professional achievements.

Maïwenn's Passion Project

Maïwenn also took the stage, sharing her long-standing desire to bring "Jeanne du Barry" to life, a project she has been passionate about since 2016. She described her fascination with the film's namesake, Jeanne du Barry, who she regards as a pioneer feminist, "obsessed by Jeanne for many years because she was a feminist before everybody else." It's the biggest return to the movies for Depp after years of his ex-wife Amber Heard, and their legal and public fiascos.

"Jeanne du Barry" premiered last year at the Cannes Film Festival, and it was visible from seven minutes of applause at the screening that the talented actor was on the rise once again. The London premiere was attended by a cavalcade of stars, among them Depp's former "Pirates of the Caribbean" co-star Mackenzie Crook.

The public's enthusiastic applause only underlined the sentiment with which the actor described his emotional bond with the character and the film's reception at Cannes. Depp's turn in "Jeanne du Barry" embodies a potent career overhaul and reflects the capacity of resilient personal challenge.

Finally opening theatrically, it brings a chance to watch Depp in a very subtle and nuanced performance under a visionary director like Maïwenn, who promises truly cinematic experience that parallels the opulence of its time with its contemporary relevance.

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