Johnny Depp got emotional when his period drama, Jeanne Du Barry, got a seven-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday, May 16, 2023. According to Variety, the applause was for Depp’s performance.
After his famous defamation trial with his ex-wife Amber Heard in 2022, Depp made his first big screen appearance in this movie.
The star arrived at the venue with his hair slicked back, his hair in a ponytail, and sunglasses on. Security surrounded him while he spent more than five minutes signing autographs and taking pictures with excited fans.
When the movie was over, the crowd cheered and clapped for a long time, and the Pirates of the Caribbean star tried not to cry.
The French historical drama was written and directed by Mawenn. The actor, who is 59 years old, plays King Louis XV in the lead role. Mawenn, who also stars with Depp as King Louis’s lover, got upset and took the mic for a few words.
“I want to share this moment with my lover, my producer, and Le Pacte,” she said. “It was a production that was difficult to finance … and I want to share this moment with all my team across the theatre.”
While thousands of fans from the south of France came to show their support and ask for autographs. The Hollywood Reporter said that one fan’s sign said “Viva Johnny” and that others shouted his name over and over as he signed autographs and took selfies.
But not everyone was happy to see Depp, who is 59 years old. On social media, many people said that having the actor at the event sent the wrong message.
Meanwhile, on Monday, Thierry Fremaux, director of the Cannes Film Festival, spoke to reporters about the decision to screen Depp’s film as the festival’s opening night presentation.
“I don’t know about the image of Johnny Depp in the U.S. To tell you the truth, in my life, I only have one rule: the freedom of thinking and the freedom of speech and acting within a legal framework. If Johnny Depp had been banned from acting in a film or the film was banned, we wouldn’t be here talking about it,” Fremaux said.