Brie Larson has been praised for her ‘smart’ response to a question about Johnny Depp while on a panel at the Cannes Film Festival
The Festival marks the actor’s first comeback to the big screen since the highly publicised defamation lawsuit against his ex-girlfriend Amber Heard last year. His new movie Jeanne du Barry was the Festival’s opening film, which is thought to be a rather controversial move after the highly publicised case.
Larson was asked how she felt about this, and whether she planned on going to watch it.
Clearly caught off guard by the question, she responded: “You’re asking me that? I’m sorry, I don’t understand the correlation or why me specifically.”
The reporter clarified that she was ‘an outspoken and vocal advocate for Time’s Up and MeToo,’ and explained that the Depp-Heard case was ‘very well-played out in American and international media’.
The Marvel star then hit back: “Understood. Well, you’ll see, I guess, if I will see it. And I don’t know how I’ll feel about it if I do.”
Larson has been praised for her eloquent response to the question, with fans taking to social media to share their thoughts.
One person wrote: “Absolutely correct! Perfect answer to an unnecessary question.”
A second said: “Such a great response. Journo tried his hardest to trip Brie up and failed lmao.”
A third commented: “She was like that has nothing to do with me and I can respect that, such a good answer. Like talk about something else maybe like the films she’s doing atm.”
Depp’s appearance at the festival has not gone unnoticed, and Festival director Thierry Fremaux spoke out about why they opened with his first movie back after the defamation case.
“I don’t know about the image of Johnny Depp in the U.S,” he said.
“To tell you the truth, in my life, I only have one rule: It’s the freedom of thinking, and the freedom of speech and acting within a legal framework. If Johnny Depp had been banned from acting in a film, or the film was banned, we wouldn’t be here talking about it.”
“This [controversy] came up once the film was announced at Cannes because everybody knew Johnny had made a film in France…I don’t know why she chose him but it’s a question you should ask Maiwenn,” Fremaux added.
“As for the rest, I’m the last person to be able to discuss all this. If there’s one person in this world who didn’t find the least interest in this very publicised trial, it’s me. I don’t know what it’s about. I also care about Johnny Depp as an actor.”