Johnny Depp definitely took the Cannes 2023 appearance in his stride, but fans can’t stop celebrating his “return” and not just in the movie, “Jeanne du Barry.” Meanwhile, Depp feels, “I mean, you have to have gone away to come back. I didn’t go nowhere…”
Johnny Depp Had A “Phoenix’ Moment At Cannes
Depp last attended Cannes in 2011, when he was the star of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and Amber Heard was not in the picture yet. This has also been Depp’s first significant appearance in Hollywood since his highly publicized trial that divided his fans into Depp v. Heard and turned him into persona non grata for the movies. Back in Cannes for the world premiere of “Jeanne du Barry,” directed by and co-starring French actress and filmmaker Maïwenn, the movie opened this year’s Cannes Film Festival earlier in May.
As per a feature in Hollywood Authentic, what took Depp by surprise was the 12-year interval period. However, when you have abuse allegations against you, Hollywood drops you faster than a hot potato.
That said, the way Depp got a standing ovation after the screening of “Jeanne du Barry” and later, how social media users swamped Twitter and Instagram with celebratory messages proves Hollywood is more than happy to welcome a fallen hero with open arms.
For many, Depp v. Heard became more personal than just a case, and his comeback seems like a vindication of their stand.
Amber Heard: “Tell the world, Johnny, tell them, ‘Johnny Depp, I, a man, I’m a victim too of domestic violence’. And see how many people believe or side with you.”
Johnny Depp in 2023:pic.twitter.com/lDRwcJXvVq
— 𝒜 . (@amourjdepp) May 17, 2023
JOHNNY DEPP pic.twitter.com/HpcJM7VVL8
— ؘ (@trulydepp) May 16, 2023
#JohnnyDeppWon Just to clarify:
Those of us who support Johnny Depp are not crazed fans or believe he is an angel without fault.
We are just amongst the 330 million! people who watched the whole trial, saw ALL the evidence presented and agreed with the verdict of the jury! 😃 pic.twitter.com/hEegDly8q5
— Angie Brigg🏴☠️ (@AngieBr04874302) May 22, 2023
Fans Moon Over Johnny Depp, ‘Rotten Teeth’ & All
Reviews of “Jeanne du Barry” seem pretty positive. It may not be Oscar potential, but it serves well as Depp’s comeback movie, even as he claims he does not really “need” Hollywood anymore. That said, he does “need” a dentist!
Depp’s currently quite into his music scene and was spotted performing at The Royal Albert Hall during a tribute concert for legendary guitarist Jeff Beck, a close friend of Depp’s.
Johnny Depp honouring his close friend Jeff Beck last night at The Royal Albert Hall. Johnny was joined on stage by a whole array of stars and rocked out in memory of the legendary guitarist.
📸 Credit to photographer and owner pic.twitter.com/gjoq0BzwQA
— Sophie ✊🏻🏴☠️💜 (@JDepp94) May 23, 2023
Meanwhile, “Jeanne du Barry” focuses on King Louis XV (Depp) and his mistress, Madame du Barry (Maïwenn), and their somewhat scandalous love affair in the French court. While most of his acting fans appreciate his role as the French king, the fans of the actor do not understand why he does not go to the dentist, with comments like:
“why do I have to see closeup pics of johnny depp’s teeth against my will?”
“Nasty indeed. Years of smoking and drugs will do that to teeth. I never saw the appeal in him, to begin with. He has always looked like someone that smelled but not in a good way.”
“omg no, I think he’s cute like a cabbage patch doll; johnny depp just looks like someone grabbed his teeth and painted them black.”
Another repulsed fan decided to show some pictures too:
Johnny Depp’s teeth are literally ROTTING pic.twitter.com/GrbRqOUI4M
— chateau bunny ❄️ (@cocainecross) May 17, 2023
Depp even commented on the same once, standing by his imperfect teeth.
— JessamyMoore (@JessamyMoore) May 17, 2023
Meanwhile, photographers can be Photoshop dentists!
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Not Everyone Is A Depp Fan, Though!
While most of the world seems to stand with Depp, there are plenty who have not forgiven or forgotten the “abuser” tag and left strongly worded comments:
“Honestly, I feel ashamed of how a man who did what he did to several women and is aggressive has been exalted. I don’t understand this industry and the society that supports him and his abuses! Shame!”
“I am a survivor of sexual violence. I work in this industry. I run @hiresurvivorshollywood to help fellow survivors experiencing retaliation due to surviving the abuse of men like the one you just posted a photograph of. I will be unfollowing you. And I’m announcing it, like an airport, so others can read it and understand how harmful it is to continue supporting and platforming abusers.”
To each their own in Depp v. Heard.