Controversial ‘Pirates’ Star Johnny Depp Makes Red Carpet Return, Fans Go Wild

Earlier this year, it was confirmed that Pirates of the Caribbean franchise star, Johnny Depp, would be receiving the prestigious Donostia Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival.

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The official webpage for San Sebastian’s highest honor reads:

The San Sebastian Festival established the Donostia Award in 1986. It recognizes outstanding contributions to the film world of great names who will be part of cinema history forever.

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Depp joins Hollywood icons like Gregory Peck (1986), Bette Davis (1989), Anthony Hopkins (1998), Julie Andrews, Warren Beatty and Francisco Rabal (2001), Ethan Hawke and Sigourney Weaver (2016), and fellow Pirates actress Penélope Cruz, Costa-Gavras and Donald Sutherland (2019).

Viggo Mortensen was the 2020 Donostia Award recipient.

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At the time Depp’s nomination was announced, online controversy abounded due to the actor’s recent domestic violence legal battle, which has been ongoing for the past year. Amid the issues in his personal life, Depp has remained largely out of the spotlight.

While it might seem that Depp’s first foray back onto the red carpet would be to receive his award, the actor actually made a surprising return to the limelight for the City of Lies screening at the Deauville Film Festival over the weekend.

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Page Six noted:

Depp, 58, attended a screening in northwestern France of his film “City of Lies,” in which he plays a retired detective who is convinced the Los Angeles Police Department played a part in the 1997 murder of The Notorious B.I.G. The film also addresses the 1996 death of Biggie’s rap rival Tupac Shakur.

The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star wore a navy suit and a matching fedora as he strolled the red carpet, stopping several times to take photos and sign autographs for fans in attendance.

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Fans and entertainment media couldn’t get enough of the actor’s look.

Just Jared shared:

Johnny Depp looks so suave on the red carpet at the #DeauvilleFilmFestival!

A Twitter user going by Gina Nandi Depp shared a video of an interview in which Depp thanks his many fans for their unwavering support:

Johnny Depp once again about the power of the Fans

UnBoxPHD wrote:

Johnny Depp fills the Red Carpet with LOVE.

In those moments it was just love for the man. And, he gave it back.

ReemDepp shared photos of the Mad Hatter actor signing autographs before the movie screening:

Johnny Depp signed for fans before attending the red carpet (Credit: artdotwork).

IFOD shared another video of Depp expressing gratitude to his fans:

“..These people are the beginning and the end of cinema” Johnny Depp on the red carpet of @DeauvilleUS

More on Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard

In November 2020, Hollywood actor Johnny Depp lost his libel lawsuit against U.K. News Group Newspaper publication, The Sun, for their report that he had allegedly engaged in domestic violence — including a reported “hostage” situation during a Pirates of the Caribbean shoot in Australia — against ex-wife Amber Heard (Aquaman, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom) on multiple occasions.

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Judge Andrew Nicol presided over the original proceedings, and Depp later lost his right to appeal the original ruling in the United Kingdom. The Captain Jack Sparrow actor, for his part, has denied the domestic violence allegations, with even his ex partners, Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder, speaking out in his defense at various points in time.

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Depp also has a loyal fan base who have caused #JusticeForJohnnyDepp to trend online on multiple occasions throughout the libel case. Some of the actor’s supporters have also decided to boycott Disney and Warner Bros. Studios for firing Depp from his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates and Gellert Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, respectively.

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Sparrow is expected to be replaced by Margot Robbie as a female pirate in the reported Pirates of the Caribbean 6. Meanwhile, Mads Mikkelsen (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) has been confirmed to replace Depp as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3.

Are you excited to see Johnny Depp back on the red carpet?

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