Johnny Depp at the UK premiere of 'The Lone Ranger' on July 21 (Photo: Mike Marsland/WireImage)
And here we thought his great love for playing outlandish characters would carry him into his twilight years.
Johnny Depp is letting it be known — he plans to quit the business. More than that, he's taking a pot shot at his profession in the process, calling his career "an insane option." Harsh words for a man who was listed by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2012 as the world's highest paid actor after earning $75 million for the fourth "Pirates" installment.
"I wouldn't say I am dropping out any second but I would say it's probably not too far away," the 50-year-old actor said during an interview with the BBC.
One reason he gave for his impending departure — that he utters more words from movie scripts than he speaks of his own volition. "You start thinking about that as kind of an insane option for a human being," he said.
Hey, the guy has been pretty busy over the past 10 years ever since the success of the first "Pirates of the Caribbean" installment. He recently indicated the wear and tear that comes with filming big would-be blockbusters, telling Yahoo! Movies, "I'm an old man," alluding to the difficulty that comes with working 14-to-16-hour-long days on set. And his most recent one, "The Lone Ranger," took longer than planned to make, requiring more money and much more time than its originally scheduled four-month shoot to complete.
Depp's comments come on the heels of "The Lone Ranger" tanking at the box office, still nowhere near breaking even. And Depp may be road weary, as he's been pounding the pavement for more than a month promoting the film in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Tokyo, and now London. Add to that his latest leading roles, which failed to make a major splash — especially in the U.S.: "Dark Shadows" (which cost $150 million to make, and garnered only $79.7 million in the states — with more money made overseas, but not quite enough to claim even marginal profits) and "The Rum Diary" (which only made back half of its $45 million production budget).
Depp said that after he calls it quits with Hollywood, he wants to embark on "quieter" pursuits, though he didn't explain what exactly that meant.
Depp has been seen more frequently in public with his girlfriend, 27-year-old actress Amber Heard, following his split with Vanessa Paradis (with whom he has two children). Perhaps the soon-to-be-former-actor plans to spend more time with Heard on his private islands, one of which is rumored to have a beach named after her.
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Just weeks ago, Depp admitted he was thinking of retirement, telling Rolling Stone, "I can't say that I'd want to be doing this for another 10 years."
Judging from his upcoming projects, we'll be seeing Depp through at least 2015, when "Pirates of the Caribbean 5" comes out — and a release date has yet to be set for "Alice in Wonderland 2," which will presumably come out after "Pirates."
Here's to hoping Depp takes a good long break, misses acting, and stages a comeback by 2020!
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