Johnny Depp in tears during 7-minute standing ovation at Cannes Film Festival

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17 May 2023, 11:05

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Johnny Depp filled up with tears at the Cannes Film Festival after receiving a seven minute standing ovation.

The international film festival kicked off on Tuesday (16th May) and saw the premiere of Depp’s French-language movie, Jeanne Du Barry, in which he stars as King of France, Louis XV.

The premiere of the film comes nearly one year after the verdict in the actor’s controversial defamation trial with ex-wife Amber Heard following domestic abuse allegations in 2018.

Following the screening of Jeanne Du Barry, the crowd gave a seven-minute standing ovation and, according to a clip shared by Variety, Depp was left in tears.

There were many people who questioned the inclusion of the film at the festival, but lots shared their support of the actor, including Cannes Film Festival’s chief Thierry Fremaux.

Speaking to reporters on Monday (via People Magazine) he said: "I don't know about the image of Johnny Depp in the U.S. 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.”

He added: “If there's one person in this world who didn't find the least interest in this very publicized trial, it's me. I don't know what it's about. I also care about Johnny Depp as an actor."

There have also been rumours that Depp could be returning to the Pirates of the Caribbean after producer Jerry Bruckheimer revealed he wanted to work with him again.

Depp famously portrayed Captain Jack Sparrow in the franchise but was cut out following abuse allegations from Heard.

However, now it seems they could be welcoming him back, which you can read more about here.