Johnny Depp Expresses Disinterest in Hollywood, Declares No Further Need for the Industry

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Renowned actor Johnny Depp has expressed his waning enthusiasm for the entertainment industry, stating that he no longer feels a strong inclination towards Hollywood. The 59-year-old, who recently emerged from a highly publicized defamation court battle with his former spouse, Amber Heard, makes his return to the limelight in the film "Jeanne Du Barry," portraying the character of King Louis XV of France. During a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, May 17, Depp candidly addressed previous remarks made in 2021, wherein he claimed to have sensed a pervasive boycott against him within the industry.

"Did I feel boycotted by Hollywood? Well, you'd have to not have a pulse to feel at that point like this was all just a weird joke," he remarked. Depp further elaborated, emphasizing that he currently harbors no feelings of being shunned, as he no longer concerns himself with the workings of Hollywood. "Of course, when you're asked to resign from a film you're doing because of something that's merely a bunch of vowels and consonants floating in the air… Do I feel boycotted now? No, not at all. But I don't feel boycotted, because I don't think about Hollywood. I don't feel much further need for Hollywood - I don't know about you."

The acclaimed actor, acknowledging the challenges he encountered in his personal and public life due to the legal battle, also conveyed his disillusionment with the entertainment industry as a whole. He articulated, "It's a very strange, funny time when everyone would love to be themselves, but they can't because they must fall in line with the person in front of them. If you want to follow that line, be my guest. I'll be on the other side."

Despite his recent legal victory against Amber Heard, in which he successfully sued her for defamation in relation to a published op-ed about her experiences with domestic abuse, Depp remains modest regarding his current role as King Louis XV, a character who speaks solely in French. He dismissed the notion that this role signifies a "comeback," asserting, "I keep wondering about the word 'comeback,' because I didn't go anywhere. I live about 45 minutes away from here, in fact."

He continued, "Maybe people stopped calling out of whatever their fear was at the time, but I didn't go nowhere. I've been sitting around. 'Comeback' is almost like I'm going to come out and do a tap dance - dance my best and hope you approve. That's the notion. It's a bizarre mystery."

Depp's appearance at the screening of his new film was met with a resounding seven-minute standing ovation, indicating the enduring admiration he commands from audiences.

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