Banned from American film sets since the trials that pitted him against his ex-wife Amber Heard against a backdrop of accusations of domestic violence, the 49-year-old actor returns through the front door, for the presentation of Jeanne du Barry by Maïwenn. If he was not convicted on the merits and challenged any violence, he won the defamation trial held in the United States, but Amber Heard had to undergo a torrent of misogynistic attacks.
The return of the actor to the setting of the Croisette is thus read by some as a form of rehabilitation, which disgusts associations working for gender equality and against violence in the cinema. Actors and actresses, including Julie Gayet and Laure Calamy, spoke in a gallery at Releasedenouncing a Cannes Film Festival which rolls out “the red carpet to men and women who attack”, in reference to Johnny Depp and Maïwenn – the latter having recently attacked the founder of Mediapart, Edwy Plenel, in a restaurant.
Asked about the choice of the opening film, the general delegate of the Festival, Thierry Frémaux, underlined his interest in Johnny Depp “as an actor”, whom nothing prohibited from filming, and whose performance is “extraordinary”.
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