Jhonny Depp addressed a press conference at the San Sebastian Film Festival where he was scheduled to receive the (highest honour) honorary Donostia Award. He was described as “one of contemporary cinema’s most talented and versatile actors,” by the San Sebastian Film Festival.
The conference was interrupted by a recording of Jhonny Depp’s Ex-wife, Amber Heard from an unknown source.
“It was incredibly painful to relive the breakup of my relationship, to see my motives, my truth questioned and the most traumatic and intimate details of my life with Johnny shared in court and passed on to the world.”, the recording said.
The recording was of a statement Heard made outside the High Court in London in July 2020 during a libel case brought by Depp against UK newspaper The Sun, in which the court found the tabloid’s claims that Depp was a “wife-beater” to be “substantially true,” because of which the actor was dropped from the “Fantastic Beasts 3”, the multimillion film franchise from Warner Bros. Mads Mikkelsen replaced him as dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the film titled “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore”, slated to be released in April.
But despite the interruption the conference continued, personal questions and questions about the objections to the honour were blocked by the session moderator.
Although Depp did address the Cancel Culture saying
“It’s a very complex situation, this cancel
culture, or this instant rush to judgement
based on essentially what amounts to
polluted air. It’s got so far out of hand that I can assure you no-one is safe, not one of you, so long as someone is willing to say one thing. It takes one sentence, then there’s no more ground. The carpet has been pulled. It’s not just me it’s happened to; it’s happened to a lot of people women, men, children have suffered from various types of unpleasantries that sadly at a certain point they begin to think it’s normal, it’s them. It’s not. I believe that no-one is safe. If you are armed with the truth, that’s all you need. It doesn’t matter if a judgement per se has taken some artistic licence. When there’s an injustice, whether it’s you or someone you love or someone you believe in, stand up. Don’t sit down. They need you.”
He was critical of Hollywood’s current output saying “At this moment, after being in the racket for 30-plus years now and experiencing various things, learning the game of Hollywood just so you don’t have to play it, Hollywood is certainly not what it was. The grudge matches, the pandemonium and chaos of cinematic release to streaming – it is a case of, ‘No matter what, I’m going to get mine.’ That’s where these people are coming from. They realise they are just as disposable as I am – some more. “How much more of a formula do we need from studios? How much more do we need to condescend? I’ve said this for a long time – Hollywood has grotesquely underestimated the audience.”
He also confessed that he’s sceptical about future of cinemas in the wake of the pandemic: “It put people in their houses with their families for long periods of time with a television and they could watch virtually any movie they wanted. The majority of the world went, ‘You know, this ain’t bad. We can sit and watch this thing at home. We can cook some popcorn’, as opposed to the idea of a guy who makes $700 a week and wants to take his wife and kids out to dinner and a movie on the weekend, which is a $200 deal. I think the Hollywood movie machine has a few design flaws they are just realising. I’m glad I saw it coming, personally.”