Saturday, April 13, 2024

Cannes: Johnny Depp, 42 Minutes Late to His Press Conference, Gives as Good As He Gets in Failed Take Down by Reporters


JOHNNY DEPP is the toast of Cannes. He’s made a comeback of sorts even though he doesn’t like the word.

In “Jeanne duBarry,” Depp plays French King Louis the fifteenth, who ruled the country for half a century. Louis XV doesn’t have a lot of scenes or lines, but Depp’s name value has made him star of Maiween’s film.

On Wednesday morning, Depp was 42 minutes late for the movie’s press conference. Organizers waited 20 minutes and then started without him.

He declared, “I keep wondering about the word comeback, because I didn’t go anywhere,” adding, “in fact I live about 45 minutes from here.”

Most of the questions were softballs, but a couple of trade reporters tried to get in their punches.

Depp, for instance, was asked by Deadline’s Anthony Dellasandro if he felt boycotted by Hollywood. His reply: ““Did I feel boycotted by Hollywood? You’d have to not have a pulse to feel like, ‘No. None of this is happening. It’s a weird joke. When you’re asked to resign from a film you’re doing because of something that is merely a function of vowels and consonants floating in the air, yes you feel boycotted.”Do I feel a boycott now? No, not at all. I don’t feel boycotted by Hollywood because I don’t think about Hollywood. I don’t have much further need for Hollywood myself.”

Depp was also asked about his media coverage. He said: “They majority of what you read is fantastically, horrifically written fiction. It’s like asking the question, ‘How are you doing?’ But the subtext is, ‘God, I hate you.’”

No one asked about his $30 million deal with Dior, or mentioned ex-wife Amber Heard.

Depp has really mastered the art of being questioned about all his scandals. He also stayed at the end of the press conference and let everyone take pictures of him. He knows how to play the game, a major reason he won the defamation lawsuit he brought against Heard.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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