Johnny Depp has risen to become one of the most popular and beloved actors of his generation due to 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 – although he hasn’t won one yet.
Johnny Depp’s acting career began in 1984 when he was cast as Glen Lantz in Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street. The following year he starred in the comedy Private Resort and the following year made his television debut in an episode of the detective series Lady Blue.
Before Depp landed the lead role in the police procedural television series 21 Jump Street, he had a cameo 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 dissatisfied with the experience of being a teenage idol and began filling jobs based on personal interests rather than box office success. As a result, he has been cast in films such as John Waters’ Cry-Baby, Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands and the coming-of-age drama What does Gilbert Grape eat?and he started getting nominations for awards.
According to Hollywood star Johnny Depp, who won a lifetime achievement award at a Spanish film festival on Wednesday, no one is immune to the “rapid rush to judgement” of today’s cancel culture.
Depp was answering questions from journalists at the San Sebastián Film Festival in northern Spain, where he previously lost a defamation case against a British publication after it called him a “woman-beater”.
He claimed things got out of hand, which appeared to be a reference to the #MeToo movement, which has focused on sexual harassment and assaults on women by powerful men.
“I’m sure the numerous movements that have sprung up have had the best of intentions – but now it’s so out of control I can assure you no one is safe,” he noted.
He also criticized “this termination culture” and “this rapid rush to judgment based on simply breathing in toxic air”.
In 2020, the three-time Oscar nominee sued British newspaper The Sun over allegations that he was aggressive towards his ex-wife Amber Heard during their two-year marriage.
Mr Justice Nicol, the court, dismissed Depp’s defamation lawsuit, saying an article written in April 2018 calling him a “woman-beater” was “basically true”.
“I have found that the vast majority of Mr Depp’s alleged attacks on Ms Heard are of civilian standard,” he said.
Depp, 57, molested Heard, 34, on a dozen occasions and put her in “fear for her life” three times, according to the court that ruled.
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After 16-day defamation trial, Depp claims he was asked to leave the Fantastic Beasts franchise. The actor was unsuccessful in his attempt to reverse the defamation decision.
The festival’s decision to give Depp the Donostia Prize, which it gave “in recognition of his career,” drew criticism from women’s rights groups and some women in the film business.
“No one is safe,” Depp told journalists, continuing to deny that he was abusive towards Heard. “But I believe if you’re armed with the truth, that’s what you need.”
Actors Meryl Streep, Richard Gere, Ian McKellenand Robert De Niro have all received the Donostia Prize, named after the Basque word for the coastal city of San Sebastián.
The director of the San Sebastian International Film Festival, José Luis Rebordinos, told the Hollywood Reporter that it was not his position “to judge members of the film business by their conduct.
“The aim of a film festival is to select the most relevant and fascinating films of the year and to honor those who have made outstanding contributions to the art of cinema,” Rebordinos told the source. “The Donostia Award for Johnny Depp is our way of honoring a brilliant actor, a master of film who has had a long and illustrious career.”
Depp will be attending the festival for the third time. Most recently, he served as producer on the 2020 documentary Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds With Shane Macgowan about the famous Pogues leader Shane MacGowan. The film received the special prize of the jury.
Last year, Viggo Mortensen received the Donostia Prize. Previous honorees have included Penélope Cruz, Donald Sutherland, Dame Judi Dench, Danny DeVito, Sigourney Weaver, Ethan Hawke, Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep.