JOHNNY DEPP. Johnny Depp signs his big return to the Cannes Film Festival with the red carpet of the film “Jeanne du Barry”, this Tuesday, May 16.

[Updated May 16, 2023 at 11:45 am] Johnny Depp signs his big media comeback, after two years of legal proceedings against his ex-girlfriend Amber Heard. The American actor is back at the cinema and at the Cannes Film Festival this Tuesday, May 16, 2023, since his last film as an actor, Jeanne Du Barry, is screened at the opening on the Croisette.

The announcement of the return of the disgraced actor has caused controversy on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival. Since 2016, Johnny Depp has been accused of domestic violence by his former wife. The two stars fought a long legal battle from 2020 to 2022. In front of the London court, the 59-year-old actor will lose a first defamation lawsuit against the Sun, which had accused him of “violent husband” in its columns . But many other verdicts will follow.

Johnny Depp notably won a media and partially legal victory during his trial held in Fairfax, Virginia, during the year 2022. Both the actor and Amber Heard accused each other of defamation. After an endless unpacking, they will both be sentenced, but Johnny Depp’s sentence will be less severe than that of his former wife, declared the big loser in the American media.

Johnny Depp was ordered to pay $2 million in compensatory damages to his ex-girlfriend. Conversely, Amber Heard was sentenced to $10 million in compensatory damages and $350 million in punitive damages. The two parties agreed on December 16, 2022 to settle the case: Amber Heard will only have to pay one million dollars in damages.

Since then, Johnny Depp has begun his media comeback. After a series of concerts alongside Jeff Beck, a tour with his band Vampires has been scheduled. The comeback is also done, symbolically, by a return to the Cannes Film Festival in the film Jeanne Du Barry.

The actor also announced his return to directing with a feature film on the painter Amedeo Modigliani, which brings together Riccardo Camarcio, Al Pacino and Pierre Niney in the cast. Conversely, Amber Heard has moved away from film sets to raise her daughter in privacy.

Johnny Depp is an American actor. He is known for his collaborations with Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory…) but also for having played the famous pirate Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. . He also joined the Fantastic Beasts cast as Gellert Grindelwald for the first two films. Since 2016, he has faced domestic violence charges against his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard.

John Christopher Depp II, aka Johnny Depp was born on June 9, 1963 in Owensboro, Kentucky. The son of an engineer and a waitress, the future actor is first and foremost a music enthusiast. He joined the group The Kids, and made the first part of the Iggy Pop tour. Two years later, the musicians will perform in Los Angeles, but the group does not achieve the long-awaited success. It was there that Johnny Depp met actor Nicolas Cage, who put him in touch with his agent. He landed a small role in 1984 in the cult film, The Claws of the Night by Wes Craven.

Johnny Depp found his calling, he decided to take acting lessons, then became famous in 1987 with the series 21 Jump Street. His career is launched, but he decides to break with the image conveyed by his character on television. He then plays in John Waters’ Cry-baby and plays ever more surprising characters. The film Edward Scissorhands marks the beginning of a great collaboration with director Tim Burton, who will make him his favorite actor, continuing with the Ed Wood films in 1994, Sleepy Hollow, the legend of the headless horseman in 2000, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2005, The Funeral Wedding, or the musical Sweeney Todd.

Confirmed artist with multiple hats, Johnny Depp continues to diversify roles and appears where you least expect it (La Ninth Porte, From Hell, The Tourist, Rango). Despite his success, the actor remains faithful to director Tim Burton, for whom he delivers a fabulous performance as a mad hatter in his adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, then as a bewitched vampire in Dark Shadows. He also regularly finds filmmaker Gore Verbinski for the Pirates of the Caribbean, Rango and Lone Ranger saga, which did not meet with the expected success in 2013. However, he experienced several critical and commercial flops with Transcendence (2014) or Charlie Mortdecai (2015), before resuming the role of the Mad Hatter in Alice through the looking glass (2016). However, his career took on a new lease of life at the end of 2016, when Johnny Depp was officially announced for the cast of Fantastic Beasts, in the role of the evil mage Gellert Grindelwald. He embodies this role in the first two installments of the franchise. His accusations of domestic violence against Amber Heard, however, taint his presence in the films. The lost lawsuit against the Sun in November 2020 earned him to resign from the franchise derived from Harry Potter.

Johnny Depp has had several high-profile relationships during his life. The best known are those with Vanessa Paradis and Amber Heard. Previously, he was married for two years to Wiktoria Michel from 1983 to 1985, before being engaged for less than a year to Jennifer Gray (Dirty Dancing) from 1988 to 1989. He is also believed to have a relationship with the actress Sherilyn Fenn, actress Winona Ryder (1989-1993) and model Kate Moss (1994-1997).

Johnny Depp met Amber Heard on the set of Rum Express, released in 2011. The couple married in 2015, before separating in 2016. The actress seen in Aquaman accuses him of domestic violence, which Johnny Depp denies, claiming to have received blows from his ex-wife. In July 2020, a defamation lawsuit pitted the actor against the Sun, which had called the actor a “violent husband”. On November 2, 2020, Johnny Depp lost his lawsuit against The Sun and appealed for judgment. After taking testimony from the actress and relatives on both sides, Judge Nicol ruled that the words and qualifications used by the Sun in their article were “substantially true”.

In 2022, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard face off in court in Fairfax, USA. The ex-spouses accuse each other of defamation, Johnny Depp having filed a complaint against his former wife after a column published in the Washington Post in 2018 in which she claimed to be the victim of domestic violence, without naming him, ruining her career according to him. After several weeks of high-profile legal battle, the Fairfax County Courthouse orders Johnny Depp to pay $2 million in compensatory damages to his ex-wife, and Amber Heard to pay her ex-husband $10 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages. On December 16, 2022, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard agreed on a payment of one million dollars in damages from the actress to her ex-husband, settling the case.

From 1998 to 2012, Johnny Depp was in a relationship with Vanessa Paradis. The couple never married, but have two children together, the actor and singer’s only children: actress Lily-Rose Depp and Jack John Christopher III Depp. Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis’ separation was announced in a press release in June 2012, after 14 years together. However, they declare to keep friendly relations and separate while remaining friends.

Johnny Depp has also made headlines for how he spends his fortune. He would thus suffer from oniomania, a compulsive buying disorder. His manager revealed in 2017 that he had “spent $480 million over 20 years, an average of $55,000 a day.” Among his acquisitions are a ranch in Kentucky, an atoll in the Bahamas, five villas in Beverly Hills, 14 homes for 75 million dollars but also works of art by Warhol, Basquiat, Klimt or Modigliani, 45 luxury automobiles or even 70 collectible guitars.