Johnny Depp arrived on the Berlin Movie Competition Friday to help the movie “Minamata,” by which he performs celebrated struggle photographer W. Eugene Smith.

Within the movie, primarily based on actual occasions, Smith is pitted towards a strong company chargeable for poisoning with mercury the folks of Minamata in Japan in 1971. Directed by Andrew Levitas, the movie additionally stars Hiroyuki Sanada, Minami, Invoice Nighy and Jun Kunimura.

At a press convention, Depp mentioned he had a “unusual fascination” with Smith and his images, which was enhanced when he “examine his life and what he went by means of, and skilled, and what he sacrificed.”

Requested in regards to the political accountability of actors, he mentioned: “All folks, all of us, are confronted with large monolithic-sized issues at instances in our lives.”

Depp referred to a logo within the basic Chinese language textual content the “I Ching” – or “Guide of Modifications” in English – which interprets as “the facility of the small.” When confronted with such “monumental” points, whether or not they’re environmental, social or political, the mixed efforts of people – “the facility of the small” – can have an effect on nice adjustments, he mentioned.

“Simply maintain chipping away, little by little, and that drawback will likely be toppled,” he mentioned. “We’re specks of mud; we’re the small.”

There have been no questions requested on the press convention about Depp’s private life or his authorized tussles with Amber Heard, though some journalists made sly makes an attempt to attract him out by alluding to points of Smith’s personal troubled persona, which Depp side-stepped or ignored.

Requested about Smith’s tough relationship along with his youngsters, Depp mentioned: “We tried to remain centered on the story of the catastrophe, and solely used little bits and items of Gene’s life to construct his character.”

Additionally in Berlin had been Minami, enjoying Aileen, who persuades the burned-out Smith – an alcoholic and amphetamines addict – to tackle one final task; Nighy, who performs Bob Hayes, the editor of Life Journal, Smith’s long-suffering employer; and Hiroyuki Sanada, who performs native activist Mitsuo Yamazaki.