Why is Hollywood boycotting Johnny Depp?

Johnny Depp in 'Jeanne Du Barry.'


During a press conference at Cannes Film Festival 2023, Johnny Depp addressed several allegations about Hollywood potentially boycotting his acting career, Variety notes.

His public appearance and role in Jeanne du Barry, his newest film that opened this year’s festival, marked his first acting role after winning the trial against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, The Independent mentions.

“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.” he said during the press conference.

“I don’t feel boycotted by Hollywood, because I don’t think about Hollywood. It’s a strange, funny time where everybody would love to be able to be themselves, but they can’t. They must fall in line with the person in front of them. If you want to live that life, I wish you the best.” Depp continued.

According to The Independent, rumors about Hollywood boycotting the actor appeared after he had been made to resign from “the Harry Potter spin-off franchise Fantastic Beasts.” His resignation followed Depp’s lost trial against The Sun, which had previously called the actor “a wife beater.”

Jeanne du Barry Johnny Depp

Depp’s role as King of France Louis XV in the French-language movie Jeanne du Barry features his first acting appearance since the trial. The movie opened Cannes Film Festival 2023 and received a seven-minute long ovation, this source notes.

According to Variety, Cannes’ director Thierry Fremaux has been critiqued for his alleged “controversial” choice of opening the festival with Jeanne du Barry.

“I don’t see Maiwenn’s film as a controversial choice at all, because if Johnny Depp had been banned from working it would have been different, but that’s not the case. We only know one thing, it’s the justice system and I think he won the legal case. But the movie isn’t about Johnny Depp.” Fremaux told Variety during an interview earlier this week.

Published by HOLR Magazine.