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Johnny Depp, 'Jeanne Du Barry' receive 7 minute standing ovation at Cannes | Watch

After Johnny Depp's comeback movie 'Jeanne Du Barry' was screened at 76th Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday, the actor received a seven minute standing ovation from the audience, which left him emotional.

Johnny Depp poses for photographers upon arrival at the opening ceremony and the premiere of the film 'Jeanne du Barry' at the 76th international film festival, Cannes, southern France (AP)Premium
Johnny Depp poses for photographers upon arrival at the opening ceremony and the premiere of the film 'Jeanne du Barry' at the 76th international film festival, Cannes, southern France (AP)

Actor Johnny Depp, who was last seen during the televised civil defamation suit against former girlfriend Amber Heard in 2022, resurfaced during the 76th Cannes Film Festival for the screening of historical drama 'Jeanne Du Barry', where he has essayed the role of King Louis XV.

The Pirates of the Caribbeans actor had garnered a huge fan following during the televised defamation case against Amber Heard. Depp emerged the winner of the lawsuit, post which he did not have much public appearance. 

However, after his comeback movie 'Jeanne Du Barry' was screened at 76th Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday, the actor received a seven minute standing ovation from the audience, which left him emotional. 

Videos of the feat surfaced online, almost immediately. 

Depp held back tears as the audience in the south of France applauded his portrayal as King Louis XV.

Watch the video here

Maiwenn, the film's director and star, burst into tears when she briefly took the stage. "I want to share this moment with my lover, producer, and Le Pacte," she explained. "It was a challenging production to fund... and I'd like to share this moment with my entire crew throughout the theatre."

Depp arrived in Cannes to the cheers of thousands of admirers, who held placards outside the Palais and shook as they sought to touch their idol. Many people were able to speak with Depp, who managed the fan queue outside for five minutes before walking the carpet.

Jeanne du Barry' stars Maiwenn as Jeanne Vaubernier, a working-class lady in 18th-century France who rises through the social levels and falls in love with King Louis XV. Her working-class upbringing makes her a social outcast at the king's court. Benjamin Lavernhe, Pierre Richard, Melvil Poupaud, and Pascal Greggory are among the supporting actors.

As per Variety, Maiwenn's latest sparked debate long before it premiered at Cannes. The film is Depp's most high-profile engaging appearance since his divorce from ex-wife Amber Heard was settled in 2022. Despite the fact that the jury ruled in Depp's favour, the actor remains on the fringes of Hollywood due to abuse charges that arose during the trial. Thierry Fremaux, the festival's director, talked to the press ahead of the opening night and addressed Depp's participation in Cannes.

Fremaux said, “I don't know about the image of Johnny Depp in the US. To tell you the truth, in my life, I only have one rule: It's the freedom of thinking, and the freedom of speech and acting within a legal framework. If Johnny Depp had been banned from acting in a film, or the film was banned, we wouldn't be here talking about it."

The actor was well received by the audience present at the festival. Fans went crazy for getting autographs signed by the 'Pirates of the Caribbean star.

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Published: 17 May 2023, 02:32 PM IST
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