Johnny Depp was gifted flowers by a fan through his car window as he left a photo call and press conference at the San Sebastian Film Festival on Thursday.
The 58-year-old actor, who has claimed his career has been harmed by the spread of cancel culture amid a $50million defamation lawsuit, appeared in great spirits.
Depp, who has appeared as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise from 2003 to 2017, said at the festival that he’d be happy to reprise the role at children’s birthday parties ‘at this point’.
Sweet gesture: Johnny Depp was gifted flowers by a fan through his car window as he left the San Sebastian Film Festival on Thursday (pictured) amid claims Hollywood is ‘boycotting’ him due to $50m defamation lawsuit
With adoring fans lined up outside hoping to catch a glimpse of the A-list star, one lucky follower got up close and personal as they handed him a bouquet of flowers.
Speaking at the festival that day, Depp said: ‘The beauty of Captain Jack Sparrow for me is that I can travel with Captain Jack in a box, literally Captain Jack in a box…
‘And when the opportunity is right I’m able to go and visit people and places where the smiles and the laughs and the things that are important, the most important things in the world, are on the line.
Great spirits: The 58-year-old actor, who has claimed his career has been harmed by the spread of cancel culture amid a $50million defamation lawsuit, appeared in great spirits
Thoughtful: With adoring fans lined up outside hoping to catch a glimpse of the A-list star, one lucky follower got up close and personal as they handed him a bouquet of flowers
Service: Depp was whisked away from the festival in a chauffeur-driven car
‘So I still travel with Captain Jack and if I have the opportunity, whenever I do, I will go to these places. I’ll go to somebody’s house – man, I’ll perform at your kid’s birthday party at this point!’
Depp appeared upbeat on Thursday as he emerged from his hotel at the festival after claiming his career has been harmed by the spread of cancel culture.
The Hollywood star waved at fans while making his way towards a waiting car in the picturesque Spanish coastal city.
Depp was the recipient of the Donostia Award on Wednesday evening at the event.
Farewell: Depp waved at fans while leaving the festival held in the Spanish coastal city
Iconic role: Depp said at the festival on Thursday that he’d be happy to reprise Captain Jack Sparrow at children’s birthday parties ‘at this point’, if it means he could act in the role again, amid his legal woes
The actor had previously claimed he is a victim of cancel culture, warning that ‘no one is safe’ and urging those affected to ‘stand up’ for themselves.
Speaking in San Sebastián, before accepting his honorary award at the film festival, Depp said the situation had become ‘so out of hand’.
In July 2020 he lost a high-profile case at the High Court in London, after The Sun newspaper described him as a ‘wife beater’ and he sued.
Depp said: ‘The beauty of Captain Jack Sparrow for me is that I can travel with Captain Jack in a box, literally Captain Jack in a box…’
Starring role: Depp first appeared in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise as the quirky seaman in 2003’s first film, and appeared in all five movies of the series
His ex-wife Amber Heard filed for divorce in 2016, accusing him of verbal and physical abuse, and she testified in London.
Depp lost his lucrative role in the Fantastic Beasts franchise in the aftermath of the case.
Back in the U.S., Depp has recently won the right to proceed with a $50 million defamation lawsuit against Heard.
Depp told the audience in Spain that he saw himself as a victim, and was concerned about the wider implications for society.
Johnny’s in town: Depp is in Spain for the 69th San Sebastián Film Festival, where he was the recipient of the Donostia Award on Wednesday evening
Greetings: The Hollywood star waved at fans while making his way towards a waiting car in the picturesque Spanish coastal city
Trophy: Depp receiving his Donastia Award on Wednesday at the film festival in San Sebastian
Ahead of taking to the stage to accept his award, Depp offered his thoughts on cancel culture, and called on people to ‘stand up’ for those facing ‘injustice’.
‘It can be seen as an event in history that lasted for however long it lasted, this cancel culture, this instant rush to judgement based on what essentially amounts to polluted air,’ he said, according to Deadline.
‘It’s so far out of hand now that I can promise you that no one is safe. Not one of you. No one out that door. No one is safe.
‘It takes one sentence and there’s no more ground, the carpet has been pulled.’
Depp said that his concern was not just for himself.
‘It’s not just me that this has happened to, it’s happened to a lot of people,’ he said.
Legal case: Depp has won the right to sue Heard (pictured in November 2011) in a $50 million libel case after a Virginia judge threw out the actress’s plea to dismiss the suit
‘This type of thing has happened to women, men.’
He said: ‘It doesn’t matter if a judgement, per se, has taken some artistic license.
‘When there’s an injustice, whether it’s against you or someone you love, or someone you believe in – stand up, don’t sit down. Cause they need you.’
Depp was reported by Deadline to be happy to answer questions about the recent state of his career, amid his ongoing lawsuit against Heard.
But when a reporter asked about Spain’s Association of Female Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media, which released a statement saying the award ‘transmits a terrible message to the public’, a festival organiser stepped in and prevented him replying, insisting he would only speak about his career.
Depp later said that he was ‘worried’ that his presence at the festival would ‘offend people,’ and insisted he ‘didn’t want to offend anyone’.
Claims: Heard claimed that Depp had attacked her, and her legal team showed photos alleging abuse
He praised the event, its director Jose Luis Rebordinos, and the mayor of San Sebastian for their ‘undying support’.
He thanked them for ‘not buying what has been, for far too long, some notion of me that doesn’t exist’.
Depp added: ‘I haven’t done anything, I just make movies.’
Depp said that he was dismayed by the current state of the film industry, in particular how streaming had taken off.
Sharing his thoughts: Ahead of taking to the stage to accept his award, Depp offered his thoughts on cancel culture, and called on people to ‘stand up’ for those facing ‘injustice’
He said many people – him included – realised they were disposable.
‘Hollywood is certainly not what it was,’ he responded.
‘The studio system, the grudge matches, the pandemonium and chaos of cinematic releases 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’re just as disposable as I am. Some more so.
‘Large, large corporations take control of these things. As someone who takes part in the creation of cinema, how much more formula do we need from the likes of studios? How much more condescension do we need as audiences?
‘I think that Hollywood has grotesquely underestimated the audience.’
Depp was asked about the future of his Pirates of the Caribbean role of Captain Jack Sparrow, and said that the character would never leave him, and that no one could ever take the character away from him.
The actor went onto say: ‘It takes one sentence and there’s no more ground, the carpet has been pulled,’ and claimed it’s happened to ‘a lot of people’
He then delighted the crowd with an impromptu Captain Jack impression, Deadline reported.
Despite the mixed reception to his arrival at the festival, Depp was in high spirits as he headed to the photo call ahead of his acceptance of the award.
His appearance in Spain came a month after he was cleared by a court to proceed with the $50 million defamation suit against Heard.
In August, a Virginia judge ruled that he can proceed with the litigation, based on a 2018 Washington Post op-ed she wrote saying she was a domestic violence survivor.
She did not mention Depp in the story, though she publicly accused him of abusing her in their 2016 split.
Timeline: Depp and Heard are pictured at the premiere of The Rum Diary – the film on whose set they met in 2009. The pair married in February 2015, and divorced a year later
The actor is trying to clear his name after losing a defamation suit against The Sun.
His U.S. suit, filed in Fairfax County, Virginia, accuses Heard of creating a ‘hoax’ account of abuse.
Heard had requested the libel suit against her, filed in March 2019, be thrown out, claiming the ruling in the UK case should swing any new cases in her favour because they both relate to domestic abuse allegations against Depp.
But Judge Penny Azcarate ruled the statements made by The Sun and Heard were ‘inherently different’, and said the case should proceed.
The ruling stated: ‘The Sun’s interests were based on whether the statements the newspaper published were false.
‘[Heard’s] interests relate to whether the statements she published were false.’
The ruling also noted that Depp filed the defamation suit against The Sun before Heard’s op-ed was published – and that she was not named in the case against the British paper.
In the December 2018 op-ed, the actress wrote: ‘I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out.’
Sighting: Depp is pictured on July 29, 2020, outside the High Court in London during the case
The UK’s High Court ruled against Depp following an explosive three-week trial last July, finding allegations the actor was a ‘wife beater’ were ‘substantially true’.
Lawyers for The Pirates of the Caribbean star had asked two Court of Appeal judges to grant permission for him to challenge the ruling, with the aim of having its findings overturned and a second trial ordered.
They claimed the judge in Depp’s initial libel trial had not ‘factually’ considered all the allegations of violence against him and that they had ‘fresh evidence’ Heard had ‘lied’ about giving her entire $7 million divorce settlement to charity.
They said that the charity claim influenced how her testimony was viewed, but the Court of Appeal ruled that it did not have an impact on the judge and that he would have reached the same conclusion on Heard being the victim of domestic violence.
Outside court: Amber Heard is seen outside court in London on July 28, 2020