Johnny Depp has risen to become one of the most popular and well-liked actors of his generation as a result of his versatility and the wide range of films he has appeared in, some of which have earned him nominations for some of the industry’s most prestigious awards, including the Academy Awards – despite the fact that he has yet to win one.
Johnny Depp’s acting career began in 1984 when he was cast as Glen Lantz in Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street. He starred in the comedy Private Resort the following year and made his television debut in an episode of the detective series Lady Blue the following year.
Before obtaining the lead part in the police procedural TV series 21 Jump Street, Depp had a minor appearance in Oliver Stone’s Platoon, which established him as a teen star.
Despite the fact that the series made him a household celebrity, he was unhappy with the experience of being a teen idol and began casting jobs based on personal interests rather than box office success. As a result, he was cast in films like John Waters’ Cry-Baby, Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands, and the coming-of-age drama What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, and he began to receive award nominations.
Nobody is immune to today’s cancel culture’s “rapid rush to judgment,” according to Hollywood star Johnny Depp, who won a lifetime achievement award at a Spanish film festival on Wednesday.
Depp was replying to inquiries from journalists at the San Sebastián film festival in northern Spain, where he had previously lost a libel case against a British publication for calling him a “wife-beater.”
He claimed that things had gotten out of hand in what appeared to be a reference to the #MeToo movement, which has focused on sexual harassment and assault of women by powerful men.
“I’m sure the numerous movements that arose had the best of intentions – but it’s gotten so out of hand now that I can assure you that no one is safe,” he remarked.
He also slammed “this cancel culture” and “this rapid rush to judgment based on simply breathed toxic air.”
In 2020, the three-time Academy Award nominee sued The Sun, a British newspaper, over allegations that he was aggressive to his ex-wife Amber Heard during their two-year marriage.
Mr. Justice Nicol, the court, dismissed Depp’s libel action, saying that a piece was written in April 2018 labeling him a “wife-beater” was “basically true.”
“I have discovered that the vast majority of Mr. Depp’s claimed assaults on Ms. Heard have been proven to the civil standard,” he stated.
Depp, 57, abused Heard, 34, on a dozen occasions, putting her in “fear for her life” three times, according to the court who ruled.
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Following the 16-day libel trial, Depp claims he was asked to leave the “Fantastic Beasts” picture franchise. The actor was unsuccessful in his attempt to reverse the libel decision.
The festival’s decision to give Depp the Donostia prize, which it gave out “in appreciation of his career,” has been criticized by women’s rights groups and some women in the film business.
“No one is safe,” Depp told journalists, continuing to deny he was abusive toward Heard. “But I believe that if you are equipped with the truth, that’s what you need.”
Actors Meryl Streep, Richard Gere, Ian McKellen, and Robert De Niro have all received the Donostia prize, which is named after the Basque word for the coastal town of San Sebastián.
The director of the San Sebastian International Film Festival, José Luis Rebordinos, told the Hollywood Reporter that it is not his position to criticize “Members of the film business will be judged on their behavior.
“The aim of a film festival is to select the year’s most relevant and intriguing films, as well as to honor those who have made outstanding contributions to the art of film,” Rebordinos explained to the source. “The Donostia Award to Johnny Depp is our way of honoring a brilliant actor, a master of the film who has had a long and illustrious career.”
Depp will be attending the festival for the third time. He last attended in 2020 as the producer of the documentary “Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds With Shane Macgowan,” on the famous Pogues leader Shane MacGowan. The film received the Special Jury Award.
Last year, Viggo Mortensen received the Donostia Award. Penélope Cruz, Donald Sutherland, Dame Judi Dench, Danny DeVito, Sigourney Weaver, Ethan Hawke, Denzel Washington, and Meryl Streep were among the previous awardees.