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Pierre Niney, here in Cannes, in May 2021.
PEOPLE – Did Maïwenn’s recent media debacle around her last film at Cannes starring Johnny Depp make Pierre Niney think? In an interview with Brut, the French actor, who was recently announced in the casting of a film soon to be made by the interpreter of Jack Sparrow, spoke in turn.
“I try to be super attentive precisely today to all the awakening of consciousness that we need, which is taking place, but where there is still a lot of work”, he thus declared.
Le magazines Deadline recently revealed that he had been chosen to play one of the main characters of the biopic on the Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani, a feature film alongside Al Pacino and Riccardo Scamarcio with, behind the camera, Johnny Depp. ” One dream at a time ” (in French, ” one dream at a time”)had then cracked a tweet Pierre Niney at the time of the announcement.
If in the comments of this tweet many congratulated the actor, others were also very numerous to express their dissatisfaction. ” Shame “, we could read, in reference to the words spoken by the actress Adèle Haenel leaving the Cesar ceremony, after the awarding of the prize for best director to Roman Polanski.
While for much of the public opinion Johnny Depp is out “victorious” of the last trial which opposed him to his ex-wife Amber Heard, it should be remembered that he was actually found guilty, too, of defamation. He was notably sentenced to him 2 million euros.
And in a previous lawsuit in London, brought by Johnny Depp against the tabloid’s publishing company The Sun after an article presenting him as a violent husband, the British justice had ruled in favor of the newspaper, considering that “ the vast majority of the alleged assaults had been proven”.
Pierre Niney asked ” balance sheets »
In his interview with Augustin Trapenard for BrutPierre Niney ensures that he will not tolerate to work with anyone who would be recognized for acts of violence”. “Basically, it was the producers of Al Pacino who came to see me to offer me this role of a painter called Maurice Utrillo, Johnny Depp was not even attached to the project yet. It’s a very good role, we’ve been discussing it with Al Pacino’s producers for a long time, it’s a film that is really close to his heart. »
He pursues : “As for the rest, all I can say is that I try to be very careful, I will continue to look into what exactly happened, because these are legal cases one little complex. But once again, I remain very attentive, and I asked to have somewhat complete assessments of all this to try to understand this complicated legal situation. »
Even though the filming of Johnny Depp’s film is due to start in the fall, particularly in France, Pierre Niney certifies that the feature film is still only ” project status ».
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