Johnny Depp arrived at Cannes film festival 2023 amid controversy

Johnny Depp's movie comeback was stirred some criticism. The actor stepped out at the Cannes Film Festival 2023 red carpet for the premiere of Jeanne du Barry, his first major movie role in three years. The outing in Southern France, which comes nearly a year after his defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard concluded, hasn't been without controversy. In fact, the Cannes premiere has sparked condemnation from members of the movie industry, including French film workers. "By rolling out the red carpet to men and women who commit assaults," the French workers said in a statement, per Barrons, "the festival demonstrates that violence in creative circles can be exercised with complete impunity." Depp's involvement with Jeanne du Barry, in which he plays King Louis XV, marked his first leading role since the conclusion of his legal battles with Heard. The contentious legal cases between Depp and Heard, moreover, had no effect on director of the Cannes Film Festival Thierry Frémaux's decision include the actor and his film in the lineup.