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Johnny Depp Says He Has No 'Further Need For Hollywood' After Being Fired From Studio Films

The controversial actor addressed the fallout from his abuse trial with Amber Heard during the Cannes Film Festival.

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Controversial star Johnny Depp says he has "no further need for Hollywood" now. He has been mostly black-balled by Hollywood in recent years.

At the Cannes Film Festival premiere of his new film Jeanne du Barry, Depp was asked by reporters if he feels "boycotted" by Hollywood since his real-life courtroom drama with ex-wife Amber Heard unfolded.

Depp answered in the affirmative, but claimed it doesn't make much difference to him.

See his comments below.

Depp told reporters:

"Did I feel boycotted by Hollywood? You’d have to not have a pulse to feel like, ‘No. None of this is happening. It’s a weird joke.'"
"When you’re asked to resign from a film you’re doing because of something that is merely a function of vowels and consonants floating in the air, yes, you feel boycotted."

Depp was asked to step down from the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts franchise in 2020 after he lost a libel case in the UK against The Sun newspaper pertaining to the same abuse allegations by Heard that landed she and Depp in a courtroom last year.

The jury in that case mostly sided with Depp, who argued in part that Heard's abuse allegations had caused him to lose work. Heard was ordered to pay $10 million in damages to Depp, while he was ordered to pay Heard $2 million.

Depp went on to say while the coerced resignation stung, he no longer cares because he's not interested in Hollywood anyway.

“I don’t feel boycotted by Hollywood, because I don’t think about Hollywood. I don’t have much further need for Hollywood, myself."
"It’s a strange, funny time where everybody would love to be able to be themselves, but they can’t. They must fall in line with the person in front of them. If you want to live that life, I wish you the best."

Okay then.

People on Twitter were deeply divided in their response to Depp's Cannes comments.

Many found them distasteful.

But others applauded Depp's take on the matter.

Jeanne du Barry is Depp's first major film release since 2020.

He plays Louis XV in the French-language film, directed by French actress and director Maïwenn. It does not yet have US distribution.

Depp's last box-office hit was 2018's Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.