Johnny Depp Reflects on Fame and Embraces Defiant Role in 'Jeanne du Barry'

Johnny Depp to star in French film 'Jeanne du Barry' after high-profile legal battle, director Maïwenn faced difficulties working with him, but Depp remains committed to his craft with upcoming projects.

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Johnny Depp Reflects on Fame and Embraces Defiant Role in 'Jeanne du Barry'

Johnny Depp Reflects on Fame and Embraces Defiant Role in 'Jeanne du Barry'

Johnny Depp is set to star as King Louis XV in the 2024 French film 'Jeanne du Barry', marking his first major film role since his high-profile legal battle with ex-wife Amber Heard. The actor recently reflected on the challenges of fame and his decision to embrace this defiant role during a news conference at the Cannes Film Festival, where the film premiered in 2023.

Directed by Maïwenn, who also plays the role of Jeanne Vaubernier, the king's mistress, 'Jeanne du Barry' follows the ill-fated romance between Louis XV and the working-class woman who becomes his last official mistress. The film has been acquired by Vertical for a U.S. release on May 2, 2024, through a special engagement with Fathom Events.

Depp expressed appreciation to Maïwenn for casting him in the role, acknowledging that some of his closest collaborators were hesitant to work with him following the legal battle with Heard. "Maïwenn gave me life, she gave me air, she gave me something to believe in," Depp said, recalling feeling "exposed" during the standing ovation at the film's Cannes premiere.

However, the director revealed that she faced difficulties working with Depp during filming, stating that the crew was "scared" of his unpredictable behavior and "different kind of humor." Maïwenn also recounted creative differences, with Depp coming up with script changes without consulting her and refusing to make the changes he wanted. Despite promoting the film together, the director explained that she no longer maintains a relationship with the actor.

Critics have noted that Depp's role in 'Jeanne du Barry' is ultimately much smaller than initially anticipated, with the focus being on Maïwenn's performance as the lead character. Depp shrugged off the label of this film as his "comeback," saying he doesn't feel "boycotted by Hollywood" and was surprised to be chosen for the role of the French king.

Why this matters:

Despite the challenges faced during the production of 'Jeanne du Barry', Depp remains committed to his craft. In addition to this French film, the actor is set to direct his first feature in over 25 years, a biopic about Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, with Al Pacino co-producing. As Depp continues to navigate the complexities of fame and his career, audiences will be watching closely to see how his journey

Key Takeaways

  • Johnny Depp to star as King Louis XV in French film 'Jeanne du Barry'.
  • Depp reflects on challenges of fame after legal battle with Amber Heard.
  • Director Maïwenn faced difficulties working with Depp during filming.
  • Depp's role smaller than anticipated, with focus on Maïwenn's performance.
  • Depp to direct biopic on Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, co-produced by Al Pacino.