Johnny Depp continues comeback with cheeky trailer for Czech film festival that honored him TWO YEARS ago when his Hollywood career was in turmoil over Amber Heard scandal.

Johnny Depp continued his headline-grabbing comeback by parodying himself in a new trailer for the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

The festival gave Depp its Crystal Globe for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema in 2021, when his Hollywood career was in the doldrums amid his legal battles with his ex-wife Amber Heard.

Depp and Heard waged a blistering war of lawsuits after their 15-month marriage disintegrated into a blizzard of back-and-forth abuse allegations.

After his victory in a defamation case against Heard last year, Depp mounted a grand return to showbiz and received a rapturous reception last month at the Cannes Film Festival, where he premiered his film Jeanne du Barry.

Now he has appeared in a goofy new trailer for the Karlovy Vary Film Festival that was screened Friday at its opening ceremony.

Send-up: Johnny Depp continued his headline-grabbing comeback by parodying himself in a new trailer for the Karlovy Vary Film Festival

Send-up: Johnny Depp continued his headline-grabbing comeback by parodying himself in a new trailer for the Karlovy Vary Film Festival

Details: The festival gave Depp its Crystal Globe for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema in 2021, back when his Hollywood career was in the doldrums

Details: The festival gave Depp its Crystal Globe for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema in 2021, back when his Hollywood career was in the doldrums

Shot at a plush Budapest hotel oozing with Habsburg-era glamour, the trailer shows Depp giving an interview that goes somewhat off the rails.

He arrives at the hotel looking grungy and unwashed, lugging a guitar and affecting as nonchalant a rock-star strut as he can manage.

His attempts at cool hit a bit of a snag when he gets stuck in the revolving door to the hotel, wriggling his way sheepishly through.

Depp is apparently being interviewed to promote his European tour as a musician – which in real life is currently on hold after he sustained an ankle injury.

When he finally sits down for the chat, he seems woozy and out of sorts, drifting into a reverie when the journalist brings up the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

‘But literally everyone who goes gets an award,’ the journalist says, attempting to be delicate. ‘How come you didn’t?’

Depp seems surprised to learn that he did not in fact win anything when he was last at Karlovy Vary – but comes armed with a solution.

He reaches into his guitar case and pulls out one of the festival’s trophies – with his name taped over that of the actual recipient.

Interlocutor: Shot at a plush Budapest hotel oozing with Habsburg-era glamour, the trailer shows Depp giving an interview that goes somewhat off the rails

Interlocutor: Shot at a plush Budapest hotel oozing with Habsburg-era glamour, the trailer shows Depp giving an interview that goes somewhat off the rails

There he is: He arrives at the hotel looking grungy and unwashed, lugging a guitar and affecting as nonchalant a rock-star strut as he can manage

There he is: He arrives at the hotel looking grungy and unwashed, lugging a guitar and affecting as nonchalant a rock-star strut as he can manage

Whoops: His attempts at cool hit a bit of a snag when he gets stuck in the revolving door to the hotel, wriggling his way sheepishly through

Whoops: His attempts at cool hit a bit of a snag when he gets stuck in the revolving door to the hotel, wriggling his way sheepishly through

Back and forth: Depp is apparently being interviewed to promote his European tour as a musician - which in real life is currently on hold after he sustained an ankle injury

Back and forth: Depp is apparently being interviewed to promote his European tour as a musician – which in real life is currently on hold after he sustained an ankle injury

Apropos Karlovy Vary: 'But literally everyone who goes gets an award,' the journalist says, attempting to be delicate: 'How come you didn't?'

Apropos Karlovy Vary: ‘But literally everyone who goes gets an award,’ the journalist says, attempting to be delicate: ‘How come you didn’t?’

Ready: Depp seems fairly surprised to learn that he did not in fact win anything when he was last at Karlovy Vary - but comes armed with a solution

Ready: Depp seems fairly surprised to learn that he did not in fact win anything when he was last at Karlovy Vary – but comes armed with a solution

Gambit: He reaches into his guitar case and pulls out one of the festival's trophies - with his name taped over that of the actual recipient

Gambit: He reaches into his guitar case and pulls out one of the festival’s trophies – with his name taped over that of the actual recipient

Humoring him: The journalist smiles indulgently at him, not buying his charade for a second, but Depp commits to the bit, nodding and saying: 'Yeah'

Humoring him: The journalist smiles indulgently at him, not buying his charade for a second, but Depp commits to the bit, nodding and saying: ‘Yeah’

The journalist smiles indulgently at him, clearly not buying his charade for a second, but Depp commits to the bit, nodding and saying: ‘Yeah.’

Karlovy Vary, a popular spa town formerly known as Carlsbad, was the birthplace of Princess Michael of Kent and has played host to historic figures ranging from Peter the Great and Ludwig von Beethoven to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

The Czech ad director Ivan Zachariáš filmed Depp’s new trailer at Budapest’s Hotel Gellért, built near the banks of the Danube near the end of the Habsburg era.

‘Right at the start of the shoot he told me that he would prefer to improvise,” Zachariáš revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

‘I was initially a bit taken aback, but it turned out to be a great idea, since Johnny ended up putting even more of his own personality into the trailer.’

He and Depp had ‘great fun,’ the filmmaker dished. ‘When we were done, he still wanted to chat even though a plane was waiting for him.’

Back in 2021, Depp attended the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in support of two films – the rock documentary Crock Of Gold, which he helped produce, and the historical drama Minamata, on which he was both the star and a producer.

With the controversy around Depp’s abuse allegations still at a fever pitch, the decision to honor him with the Crystal Globe wound up splitting opinions among some of the European showbiz names in attendance.

Jet-setter: Depp attended the 2021 Karlovy Vary Film Festival (pictured) in support of two films - the rock documentary Crock Of Gold and the historical drama Minamata

Jet-setter: Depp attended the 2021 Karlovy Vary Film Festival (pictured) in support of two films – the rock documentary Crock Of Gold and the historical drama Minamata

The way they were: At that point, his inclusion was controversial because of his legal battles with his ex-wife Amber Heard, whom he is pictured with in 2015

The way they were: At that point, his inclusion was controversial because of his legal battles with his ex-wife Amber Heard, whom he is pictured with in 2015

Triumphal return: Depp received a rapturous reception last month at the Cannes Film Festival, where he premiered his film Jeanne du Barry (pictured)

Triumphal return: Depp received a rapturous reception last month at the Cannes Film Festival, where he premiered his film Jeanne du Barry (pictured)

‘I really support the criticism – I’m not a big fan of celebrating domestic violence,’ Lithuanian producer Maria Razgute told Screen Daily.

‘If I need to choose a side, I would choose the side which says [the tribute] is not a nice thing to do,’ she declared.

On the other end, the Serbian producer Miroslav Mogorović said: ‘If there is something he did wrong, he did wrong. But it’s not on us to find out.’

He added: ‘Is it a real protest or is it just in the media? There is this circus in the film industry; I saw a Mel Gibson short video promoting the festival; in a couple of years, somebody would ask, is that problematic?’

Swedish filmmaker Ninja Thyberg remarked: ‘As long as we keep looking for monsters and put the blame elsewhere, we’re not going to solve anything.’

‘Just trying to put it in the shadow is just going to make it worse; we have to admit that this is something we are all part of, and we have to see these things within ourselves, and in the ones we love, and in the behavior, culture we are in. That’s the only way to deal with it,’ she argued.

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