The American actor blamed the postponement of his film Minamata to his legal disputes. If part of the industry seems to have turned its back on him, the interpreter of Jack Sparrow will be the guest of honor at the American Film Festival.
Johnny Depp had kept a low profile in the media space since legal run-ins with the tabloid The Sun and his former wife Amber Heard. He finally spoke in the pages of Sunday Times , a first since he lost his lawsuit against British newspaper. The American actor believes he has been boycotted by Hollywood. A boycott which would be at the origin of the uncertain exit of Minamata in the United States, a film directed by Andrew Levitas and which he partially produced. But Johnny Depp’s career in the film industry is not over yet. The Deauville American Film Festival – which will take place from September 3 to 12 – has announced that it will make the trip to Normandy to defend the thriller City of Lies, by Brad Furman. The actor will also attend a public meeting on September 5.
Without talking about his troubles with the law, Johnny Depp took advantage of his interview with the Times to step up to the plate and regretted that the feature film became a collateral victim of his personal worries. “Some films touch people. And this situation affects those of “Minamata” and people who experience similar things. And all that for what… for the boycott of Hollywood towards me? A man, an actor in an unpleasant and messy situation in recent years?“, Annoyed the actor.
Minamata is an engaging film that tells the story of award-winning American photographer William Eugene Smith, played by Johnny Depp. Photographing victims of mercury poisoning in the Japanese city of Minamata in the 1970s, William Eugene Smith became an icon of photojournalism.
On July 21, director Andrew Levitas wrote a letter to MGM alleging that the company had “buried the movie“And failed in his”moral obligations»Because MGM«was worried that a film actor’s personal issues might discredit them“. The studio had, in the process, replied that the film would be released but that for the moment no date had been set.
Next month, Johnny Depp will come to defend another film, presented in French preview out of competition, at the Deauville Festival: City of Lies by Brad Furman. For the occasion, he will play a question-and-answer game with the public, the organizers announced on Tuesday.
In this crime thriller, Johnny Depp plays Russell Poole, a Los Angeles municipal police officer who is investigating the assassinations of rappers The Notorious BIG and Tupac Shakur, at the end of the 1990s. After several postponements related to production concerns and then to The actor’s legal setbacks, the film was finally released on American soil on March 19.
Johnny Depp had already been ousted last year from several American blockbusters. The interpreter of Jack Sparrow had been excluded from Pirates of the Caribbean and film Fantastic Beasts , following his lost legal battle against The Sun which had brought to light private elements of his couple with his ex-girlfriend, with whom he is currently on trial. Controversies which did not prevent the film festival of San Sebastián (Spain) from awarding him the Donostia honorary prize for his entire career. Criticized for this decision, the director of the Festival had defended Johnny Depp in a press release: “We repeat: he has not been charged by any authority in any jurisdiction, nor convicted of any form of violence against women.“.