The Cannes Film Festival red carpet sprang to life with the premiere of the Louis XV period drama “Jeanne du Barry", with Johnny Depp, as the French Riviera movie pageant launched a star-studded and potentially controversy-rife 76th edition. The movie marks the actor's first leading role in three years, following his high-profile legal battles with ex-wife Amber Heard. The actor, who made a power-packed comeback, received a seven-minute standing ovation for his performance. Depp held back tears as the audience in the south of France applauded his portrayal as King Louis XV. As he re-emerged into the limelight, Depp appeared to have mixed feelings about his absence from Hollywood films, 'Variety' adds. 

"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'," Depp told the media on Wednesday. "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 presumably referring to a sequel to the "Harry Potter' spinoff series 'Fantastic Beasts', which he had to step away from in 2020. By exiting the Warner Bros film amid PR headaches, the A-list star responsible for more than $10 billion in worldwide box office receipts gave up an eight-figure salary, 'Variety' notes.

He then continued, "I don't feel boycotted by Hollywood, because I don't think about Hollywood. 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."

Earlier in the press conference, 'Variety' adds, Depp also spoke about his disdain of the media, who intensely covered his trials with Heard and fallout from Hollywood. "The majority of what you read is fantastically, horrifically written fiction. It's like asking the question: 'How are you doing?' But the subtext is, 'God, I hate you'."