Johnny Depp's retirement may not be too far off, according to the star in his latest interview. However, despite his insistence that he is an "old man" and tired of acting, there's good reason to believe fans will still see him for a good number of years on the silver screen.
Johnny Depp discussed his impending retirement from acting during a BBC interview. After focusing mainly on his latest movie, "The Lone Ranger"— his quirky portrayal of Tonto couldn't save the film from being a commercial disaster— the 50-year-old actor elaborated on when he wants to leave Hollywood for "quieter things."
"I wouldn't say that I'm dropping out any second, but I would say it's probably not too far away," told BBC. "At a certain point, you start thinking, and when you add up the amount of dialogue that you say per year, for example, and you realize that you've said written words more than you've actually had a chance to say your own words, you start thinking of that as a kind of insane option for a human being."
Depp also said that the life of being one of the most famous leading men in Hollywood, complete with enough money to purchase his own private island, comes with a downside.
I want to go "somewhere where you don't have to be on the run, or sneak in through the kitchen or the underground labyrinth of the hotel," he told Rolling Stone in a previous interview. "At a certain point, when you get old enough or get a few brain cells back, you realize that, on some level, you lived a life of a fugitive."
Though Depp may have ideas of retirement "every day," his schedule— appearing in at least three movies in the next two years— belies his statements. The father of two is currently filming "Transcendence," a sci-fi film slated for April 2014; he will appear in "Into The Woods," a fairy tale flick, in December of next year; "Pirates of the Caribbean 5" is also being written with Depp expected to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in July of 2015.
Depp has also said in other interviews that he looks forward to playing older characters like King Lear or Don Quixote, according to Time magazine. The actor might not "want to be [acting] for another 10 years," but his creativity and love for playing eccentric characters may override his wishes.
"I think while I've got the opportunity and the desire and the creative spark to do the things that I can do right now, I should do them," Depp said.