Deauville: Johnny Depp presents “City of lies”, film which was “kidnapped”

(AFP) – Johnny Depp presented Sunday evening at the Deauville festival “City of lies” which narrates the investigation into the death of rapper Notorious BIG, a film which was “kidnapped” for several years according to the American actor.

“I am very honored to be invited and we are very proud of this film, kidnapped for three years, because there were people (…) in Hollywood … For three years the film was dead . We found the film “, explained the actor in a French a little hesitant, in reference to the difficulties of diffusion of the film. Presented Sunday for the first time in France, this feature film, produced in 2018, has not found a distributor for a theatrical release.

“City of Lies” takes viewers to the 1990s and the shooting deaths of two of America’s greatest rappers, Tupac and Notorious BIG, against the backdrop of the musical rivalry between the West Coast and the East Coast of the United States .

Inspector Russell Poole, played by Johnny Depp, plunges twenty years after the murder into this case after an alcoholic journalist, Forest Whitaker, requested him. Combining fiction and some archival footage, the film shows a botched investigation by the Los Angeles police, plagued by corruption, and infiltrated by gangs including that of the powerful rap producer Suge Knight.

The film directed by Brad Furman brings more questions than answers about the circumstances of the murder while the culprits of the two homicides have never been found.

Throughout the day, Johnny Depp, 58, was able to measure that his popularity was intact with his French fans as a recent legal saga pitted him against a tabloid amid accusations of domestic violence .

About 300 people, even coming especially from Savoy, took part in a meeting with the actor whose third appearance at the Norman festival after 2001 and 2019. Very many admirers of the actor of “Edwards at the hands of” money “, mostly women, tried to snatch an autograph from him.

Asked about the reasons for his love for France, Johnny Depp triggered the vivas of festival-goers in the screening room by replying: “people, culture, happiness, appreciation of each day … is adoration, every day is a celebration and that I only find in France and therefore thank you for that! “.