Johnny Depp already has his Donostia Award. The actor was the main protagonist of the day at the San Sebastián Festival, first with a press conference and then with the award ceremony by José Luis Rebordinos, director of the festival. In addition to thanking the award for his entire career, Depp stressed that if he was collecting that award it was for “one reason: the public. Cinema is for people and they are the ones who rule.” In particular, he has remembered those who have always been by his side and have always believed him, his “pillars”, whom he has called “warriors”, and to whom he has sent a message: “I also believe in me”. He also recalled the case of a man who ended up on death row accused of murdering three children, but thanks to people like Depp who turned to the case, they got it reopened and proved that he was innocent. “A single person can begin to chisel the monolith of justice. Let’s not forget that we have that tool to exercise our power.”
Hours before going on stage at the Kursaal, the actor starred in one of the press conferences that had created the most expectation for the 69th edition of the festival (there were people queuing several hours before to enter). In her, Johnny Depp spoke directly about the culture of cancellation, of which he said that “no one is safe” and that “it has gotten out of hand”.. He commented: “One sentence is enough and there is nothing else to do. And it has not only happened to me, it has happened to many people. To women, to men. Sadly at a certain point they begin to think that it is normal. Or that they are them, when they are not. “
Despite the fact that the moderator of the press conference tried to divert the conversation towards the actor’s career and not the controversy aroused by the award, Depp did not want to avoid the question and thanked “the unwavering support of the festival” for not supporting “a notion of me that does not exist”. But he said he had been concerned about how his presence at the festival would feel: “I understand that it can offend people and I don’t want to offend anyone.” He reiterated his defense: “I have not done anything, I only make movies.”
About the trial and Amber Heard
But during his visit to San Sebastián, he could not escape the open case against his ex-wife, Amber Heard. According to sources present at the press conference, there was a moment when an audio was heard in the room in which Heard was heard at the exit of the famous United Kingdom trial in which evidence was found against him in almost all cases. cases of abuse they presented. “It has been incredibly painful to relive the breakdown of my relationship, to have my reasons, my truth questioned and the most traumatic and intimate details of my life with Johnny disclosed in a trial and broadcast to the whole world” was heard. The actor made no mention of the audio, which he probably never heard. He did comment on the trial that “if you are armed with the truth that is all you need. You do not need a trial itself. If an injustice is committed against you or someone you love, stand up”.
In addition to talking about Jack Sparrow, about whom he said he will always be willing to return, he took the opportunity to bring out the colors of the industry and the arrival of streaming platforms: “I’ve been saying it for a long time: Hollywood has grotesquely undervalued the audience“and gave as an example the pandemic and the rise of streaming platforms:” The pandemic put people in their homes in their families for long periods of time with a television where they could watch virtually any movie they wanted. Most of the world thought ‘you know, this is not bad. We can watch the movies at home. Cook some popcorn. ‘ (…) I think the Hollywood machine has design flaws and they are realizing it now. I’m personally glad I saw it coming. “