Johnny Depp ‘doesn’t need Hollywood’ after ‘boycott’ during trial

Johnny Depp, 59, made his long-awaited return to acting with the French film Jeanne Du Barry which premiered on the opening night of the Cannes Film Festival yesterday.

The screening ended with an astounding seven-minute-long standing ovation from the audience which left the actor teary-eyed.

The timely premiere comes just days before Johnny marks one year since the end of his highly publicised court case with his ex-wife Amber Heard, 37.

Even though the defamation trial concluded in Johnny’s favour, the actor has previously said he felt “boycotted” by Hollywood when he tried to return to work.

Now, Johnny addressed these claims saying he no longer feels that way because he is seemingly ignoring Hollywood altogether.

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Speaking at a press conference in Cannes this morning, the actor was asked by Deadline why he felt he had been “boycotted” and simply replied: “Well, you’d have to not have a pulse to feel at that point; ‘None of this is happening, it’s just a weird joke or I have been asleep for 35 years.’

“When you’re asked to resign from a film you’re doing because of something that is merely a bunch of kind of vowels and consonants floating in the air, you feel a boycott.”

However, Johnny emphasised: “Do I feel a boycott now? No, not at all.

“I don’t feel boycotted by Hollywood because I don’t think about Hollywood.”

The actor declared he doesn’t have “much further need” for Hollywood and its systems, noting that it’s a “strange” time in the industry and claiming everyone “wants to be themselves, but they can’t, they must fall in line, conform”.

Some of Amber’s supporters lashed out on social media following the announcement that Johnny’s film would be included in the film festival.

Cannes Film Festival’s chief Thierry Fremaux addressed the controversy telling Variety: “If there’s one person in this world who didn’t find the least interest in this very publicised trial, it’s me. I don’t know what it’s about.

“If Johnny Depp had been banned from acting in a film or the film was banned, we wouldn’t be here talking about it. So we saw Maïwenn’s film and it could have been in competition.”

Just days before Johnny’s Cannes premiere, Amber was spotted in Madrid signing autographs and taking selfies with fans.

The actress has reportedly moved just outside the capital city with her toddler daughter, Oonagh, allegedly hoping to drop out of the public spotlight.

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