The Cannes Festival is back, meaning many casts, directors, and production teams will be given standing ovations for the various films that are shown. “Pirates of the Caribbean” star Johnny Depp received one of these famous ovations after his new film “Jeanne Du Barry” premiered, rumored to be around seven minutes long. The film has Depp starring as King Louis XV across from the film’s director Maïwenn and the titular character as they reenact the real-life story of Jeanne Bécu (Maïwenn), who was the last official mistress of King Louis XV.
But both Depp and Maïwenn have found themselves in troubled waters as this film marks Depp’s return to the public eye following his very public legal battle with actress and ex-wife Amber Heard in 2022. More controversy around the film came after Maïwenn confirmed that she had spit in the face of a French reporter.
The duration of Depp’s standing ovation was corrected by New York Times reporter Kyle Buchanan, who in a tweet said, “The JEANNE DU BARRY standing O was 3 minutes. Then Maiwenn gave a speech, and it ended. Not even half of 7.”
Buchanan also reported that at the beginning of the film’s press conference, neither Depp nor Maïwenn were in attendance. Eventually, Maïwenn and Depp arrived 25 and 42 minutes late, respectively.
Depp was soon asked about one of the most pressing controversies in his life; his place in Hollywood following his public legal battles with Amber Heard, which began to heat up in 2020 when he was removed from the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise.
“Of course, if you’re asked to resign from a film you’re doing because of something that is merely a bunch of vowels and consonants floating in the air, yeah, you feel boycotted,” Depp said, according to the n. “Do I feel boycotted now? No, not at all. But I don’t feel boycotted by Hollywood because I don’t think about it. I don’t have much further need for Hollywood myself.”
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