Johnny Depp was wearing a navy blue suit with a casual fit with his hair slicked back out of his face

By Kathy Ehrich Dowd and Jodi Guglielmi
Updated September 04, 2015 02:35 PM
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Black Mass debuted at the Venice Film Festival Friday, and all eyes were on star Johnny Depp.

Depp, 52, walked the red carpet with wife Amber Heard by his side. The actor wore a navy blue suit and his hair slicked back and out of his face. Heard, 29, complimented the dark trim on Depp’s suit with a long all-black dress with a plunging neckline.

The appearance marked a rare public outing for the couple. They last walked the red carpet together in January at the UK premiere of Mortdecai. After that, Heard and Depp were spotted arriving in Brisbane, Australia, in April.

Depp made a quick outfit change after attending a press conference earlier in the day wearing a bright green jacket with khaki-colored pants – a surprising choice for the actor who normally sticks with a darker-colored wardrobe.

The star is earning early accolades for the film in which he portrays notorious Boston mob boss and FBI informant James “Whitey” Bulger. At the press conference he addressed his dramatic physical transformation, which includes a receding whitish-blond hairline and blue contacts.

“I thought it was very important to look as much like Jimmy Bulger as humanly possible,” he said, according to Variety. “My eyeballs are black as the ace of spades. So the blue contacts were hand-painted because they need to be piercing; they needed to cut through you.”

Depp, who is known for making dramatic physical changes for movie roles, said he feels such risky transformations allow him to give audiences “something new each time.”

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Depp’s costar Dakota Johnson also walked the carpet for the premiere.

Heard is expected to hit the film festival’s carpet again this weekend for the Saturday premiere of her buzzed-about film, The Danish Girl, which also stars Eddie Redmayne.

Black Mass hits theaters everywhere on Sept. 18.