Johnny Depp Roasts Hollywood, Receives 7-Minute Standing Ovation At Cannes Film Festival
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 17: Johnny Depp attends the "Jeanne du Barry" photocall at the 76th annual Cannes film festival at Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2023 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
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Actor Johnny Depp received a warm welcome — and a seven-minute standing ovation – at Cannes Film Festival, but he made it clear in a subsequent interview that he no longer had any use for Hollywood.

While fielding a barrage of media questions for the first time since winning his defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard, he roasted the industry that had effectively boycotted him – and the media that turned his life into “fantastically, horrifically written fiction.”

Depp appeared at Cannes to promote “Jeanne du Barry,” his first film since the trial — and was brought to tears when it received a seven-minute standing ovation after its festival premiere.

Depp was later asked whether he felt as though Hollywood had “boycotted” him in the wake of the accusations, and he held nothing back.


“Did I feel boycotted by Hollywood?… When you’re asked to resign from a film you’re doing because of something that is merely a function of vowels and consonants floating in the air, yes you feel boycotted,” Depp replied.

He went on to say that his feelings had changed in the aftermath, however, adding, “Do I feel boycotted now? No, not at all. But I don’t feel boycotted because I don’t think about Hollywood. I don’t feel much further need for Hollywood — I don’t know about you.”

Depp went on to address the people who talked about his return to the big screen as if it were a “comeback” of sorts, and he objected to the term, saying, “I keep wondering about the word ‘comeback,’ because I didn’t go anywhere. I live about 45 minutes away … I’ve been sitting around. ‘Comeback’ is almost like I’m going to come out and do a tap dance — dance my best and hope you approve.”


The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star also appeared to take a jab at social media hate and commentary, suggesting that people were afraid to stand up for the truth if too many people were saying something else.

“It’s a very strange, funny time where everybody would love to be able to be themselves. But they can’t. Because they must ‘fall in line’ with the person in front of them. You wanna live that kind of life, I wish you the best,” Depp said. “I’ll be on the other side somewhere.”


Depp concluded by lambasting the media for taking his life and turning it into “fiction,” claiming that journalism today was akin to someone asking a simple question – like wondering how he was doing — but always having a devious ulterior motive.

“The majority of you who have been reading for the last five or six years, with regards to me and my life — the majority of what you’ve read is fantastically, horrifically written fiction,” he said. “The fact is, we’re here to talk about the film. But it’s like asking the question, ‘How are you doing?’ But what’s underneath in the subtext is, ‘God, I hate you.’ That’s the sort of media thing.”

He said that they should be there to focus on the films and referred to the other stories as “all the stuff that you can stuff your shoes with – or line your parrot cage with — I mean it’s boring, isn’t it? Aren’t you guys sick of it by now? It’s weird,” he said. “Hundred thousand dollar bird sings unrecorded Beatles songs … you’ll get it later, I promise.”

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