Johnny Depp Reveals He Tried to Convince Director Not to Cast Him in 'Jeanne Du Barry'

Johnny Depp initially tried to convince director Maïwenn not to cast him as French King Louis XV in the upcoming film 'Jeanne Du Barry', but the director persisted, and the film received a standing ovation at Cannes, marking a potential comeback for the embattled actor.

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Johnny Depp Reveals He Tried to Convince Director Not to Cast Him in 'Jeanne Du Barry'

Johnny Depp Reveals He Tried to Convince Director Not to Cast Him in 'Jeanne Du Barry'

Hollywood actor Johnny Depp has admitted that he attempted to persuade director Maïwenn not to cast him as French King Louis XV in the upcoming historical drama 'Jeanne Du Barry'. The film, which marks Depp's first major onscreen appearance since his high-profile defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2023 to a seven-minute standing ovation.

Depp, who was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, expressed surprise when he was approached for the role, saying it "made no sense" to him to play the King of France. "I tried to talk her out of it," Depp revealed, referring to his initial conversations with Maïwenn. However, the director, who also co-wrote and stars in the film, was not swayed by Depp's attempts to dissuade her from casting him.

'Jeanne Du Barry' follows the life of Jeanne, a working-class woman played by Maïwenn, who uses her intelligence and charm to climb the social hierarchy in France, eventually catching the attention of King Louis XV. Maïwenn, who had been wanting to make the film since 2016, was fascinated by Jeanne's story and saw her as a "feminist before everybody else".

Despite his initial reservations, Depp eventually accepted the role, feeling "strangely, oddly, perversely lucky" to be offered the opportunity. He praised Maïwenn for having the "great courage" to cast him in the film, which has been met with critical acclaim and positive audience reception.

At the film's UK premiere in London, Depp reunited with British director Terry Gilliam, who had previously directed him in 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'. The actor's return to the red carpet comes after a tumultuous period in his personal life, following his legal battle with Amber Heard, which concluded in his favor in 2022.

As 'Jeanne Du Barry' prepares for its theatrical release, audiences eagerly anticipate Depp's portrayal of the French monarch and the chemistry between him and Maïwenn on screen. The film's success at Cannes has generated significant buzz and expectations for its wider release, marking a potential comeback for the embattled Hollywood star.

Key Takeaways

  • Johnny Depp initially tried to persuade director Maïwenn not to cast him as King Louis XV.
  • Depp was surprised by the offer, saying it "made no sense" for him to play the French king.
  • The film 'Jeanne Du Barry' premiered at Cannes to a standing ovation, marking Depp's comeback.
  • Depp praised Maïwenn's "great courage" in casting him, despite his initial reservations.
  • The film's success has generated buzz and expectations for Depp's potential comeback in Hollywood.