Here’s Johnny!

Just came off an important legal win in a well-publicized case of defamation against ex-wife Amber Heard, Johnny Depp appeared at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 28.

The surprising cameo, in which his face appeared within a floating moon man during the show’s opening, marked the most prominent public appearance in years for the Pirates of the Caribbean star, whose career has stalled amid his legal disputes. But it’s clear he’s trying to make a comeback: Earlier this month, he signed a seven-figure Dior endorsement deal.

Depp was 59 and promoted the animated Italian series. Puffins in Europe last October, and continued his music career—performing with his group Hollywood VampiresJoining British rock musicians, and recently more. Jeff Beck on tour this summer, the star had not attended a U.S. event celebrating his acting projects since he made a surprise appearance at the Amazing Beasts from Grindelwald panel at 2018 Comic-Con.

The actor ultimately resigned from the next sequel in the Harry Potter prequel series by Warner Bros.’ request after losing a libel case against a U.K. newspaper that had labeled him a “wife beater”—an allegation he denied.