Lorraine Kelly has praised actress Brie Larson for declining a question about Johnny Depp at the Cannes Film Festival.
On Tuesday (May 16), Larson appeared as a member of the competition jury in a panel discussion when asked what she thought of Depp’s new film Jeanne du Barry Opening of the festival.
“Is that what you’re asking me? I’m sorry I don’t understand the context or why I’m special,” he said Captain Marvel Star replied, looking a bit confused.
When the journalist explained that he asked the question because of Larson’s support for the Time’s Up movement, Larson replied, “Understood. Well, I guess you’ll see it when I see it, and I don’t know how I’ll feel about it when I see it.”
Larson was praised online for her response to the question, and Kelly joined the actor’s supporters in Wednesday’s (May 17) episode Lorraine.
Kelly described how “baffled” Larson was by the nature of the questioning: “That way you can rule out an awkward question.”
“Well done Brie,” she added.
Directed by French filmmaker Maïwenn, Jeanne du Barry tells the story of King Louis XV’s mistress, Jeanne Vaubernier, with Depp playing the French king.
The French-language film opened the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday night (May 16), with Depp “bursting into tears” as the film received a seven-minute standing ovation.
While the film evoked mixed reactions from the critics in attendance, The IndependentGeoffrey Macnab of ‘s gave it a four star rating Jeanne du Barry “surprisingly great”.
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Depp’s performance marks his first starring role since winning the high-profile defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard last year.
Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Frémaux has repeatedly defended the “controversial decision” to let Depp’s film open the festival.
“I don’t know anything about Johnny Depp’s image in the US,” he said recently. “To tell the truth, there is only one rule in my life: freedom of thought and freedom of speech and action within a legal framework.”