Johnny Depp Disses Acting as He Sets the Stage for His Final Bow

30 Jul

nd 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, that 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.




9 Responses to “Johnny Depp Disses Acting as He Sets the Stage for His Final Bow”

  1. 3 deez July 30, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    I guess he hasn’t realized that his having sex with that selfish, drug loving, daughter aged woman who makes him purchase her attention is what has turned his fans off. He probably would have been forgiven for bad acting choices

  2. CJsamone (@cjsamone) July 30, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

    I read or watched him stating this month/two ago. Saying he wouldn’t mind retiring in 10 years.

  3. diya67 July 30, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    So right, she is bad news, but I don’t think he will retire. I seriously believe it is a PR stunt to get people to see the LR. To me it doesn’t make sense to talk about retiring when he has all these projects lined up. To say you are retiring the PR are hoping that maybe people will flock to see the movie thinking that could be his last film sort of thing. I don’t know but not really buying it.

  4. Lola July 30, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    I cant be too angry with him for calling acting an “insane” career path. It is. You pretend to be someone else for a living. If you aren’t getting paid then people think you’re crazy. He has however been one of the incredibly lucky few who managed to make an astonishing living doing it.

    As for quitting? I honestly don’t believe that he will. At least not any time soon. If you look at the list of films that he is currently planning to do and add in however many more interesting projects might catch his eye while he is trying to tie up his career I think it becomes obvious that he has got a long way to go still before he will quit. Unless he does a complete turn around and drops every project he has planned he will probably get another ten years out of this at least.

    I cant help but think that his new f*** toy has something to do with his “retirement” plans. Maybe I’m just being too harsh?

  5. J July 30, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    I don’t see retirement happening while Amber is in the picture. She needs him to keep his A List status to stay relevant. But wasn’t that one of the proposed issues with Johnny and Vanessa? That she wanted to work but couldn’t because Johnny worked all the time? Don’t bother righting that wrong with this girl, Johnny. She wants your status and your money and to have a little honey on the side. Work as much as you’d like.

    • jambernews July 30, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

      LOL – great points there.

  6. AmberWHO? July 30, 2013 at 11:07 pm #

    The problem with him making this statement at this time, makes him look like a spoiled child. “You didn’t like my movie, ok, then I’m taking my toys and leaving”.
    But let’s say he retires, Amber is at the START of her career. And she will be cast in role after role of fluff and bad acting until her looks run out. She and Johnny will either spend too much time together (if he travels to locations with her) or too much time apart (if he doesn’t). Either way, the relationship is on borrowed time. His “feral beast ” of a brain will get the best of him. They will argue and she will play the “I’m leaving” card and at some point he will have enough and let her go.

    • jambernews July 31, 2013 at 5:10 am #

      I hope we are all flies on the walls

  7. 3 deez July 31, 2013 at 6:41 am #

    Maybe he should retire. I agree, he’s getting criticized for his professional and personal performance, so he wants to take his ball and go home. He and that daughter woman can go back to the outhouse she came from (and I’m not talking bad about Texas. I’m talking the family who taught her the values that showed her how to be a homewrecking vulture. She did say in one interview that she learned everything from her mother, and her daddy is so proud of her).

    They can play cowpokes and minions all they want. Maybe she’ll pop out a couple for him. But if he isn’t in the limelight of the showbiz A list, I can’t see her staying with him. She doesn’t seem like the stay at home raise the kids and keep the home fires burning type. I think she’ll be bored stiff if her selfish little self isn’t getting all of the attention – I don’t think his attention is enough for this user.

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