‘Jeanne du Barry’ Crew Was Afraid of Johnny Depp

‘Jeanne du Barry’ Crew Was Afraid of Johnny Depp

On May 2, American theatergoers will finally get a chance to see “Jeanne du Barry,” Maïwenn’s take on the romance between King Louis XV and his eponymous lover, that opened the 2023 Cannes Film Festival. The film earned plenty of controversy for Depp’s casting and Maïwenn’s altercation with a journalist prior to its release. Now, its director is ready to speak about the chaotic filmmaking process.

In a new interview with The Independent ahead of the film’s theatrical release, Maïwenn reflected on the tumultuous experience of collaborating with Depp.

“I have to be honest. It’s difficult to shoot with him,” Maïwenn said. “All the crew were scared because he has a different kind of humor and we didn’t know if he was going to be on time, or if he was going to be OK to say his lines… I mean, even if he was there on set, on time, the crew were afraid of him.”

While both Maïwenn and Depp promoted the film during its Cannes premiere and the run up to its theatrical release, the director explained that she no longer maintains a relationship with Depp.

“There’s been no normal relationship since the shoot,” Maïwenn said. “Johnny for me is a huge genius but he’s in another world. I cannot communicate with him.”

Much of the discourse surrounding “Jeanne du Barry” focused on Depp’s acting comeback following his high profile defamation trial against Amber Heard. But once the film premiered at Cannes, critics…

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The post “‘Jeanne du Barry’ Crew Was Afraid of Johnny Depp” by Christian Zilko was published on 04/20/2024 by www.indiewire.com