Johnny Depp ‘Not Too Far Away’ From Quitting Acting

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"Lone Ranger" thesp tells BBC Breakfast he wants to pursue "quieter things"

What’s eating Johnny Depp? His acting career it seems.

The 50-year old “Pirates of the Caribbean” thesp has revealed that he may be close to quitting acting, telling BBC Breakfast that he was “probably not too far away” from his last pic.

Depp, who was in Blighty to promote his latest pic and recent U.S. box office flop “The Lone Ranger,” told the Beeb that the acting profession was an “insane option for a human being.”

He said: “At a certain point you start thinking. When you add up the amount of dialogue that you say per year and you realize that you’ve said written words more than you’ve had a chance to say your own words, you start thinking about that as an insane option for a human being.”

Depp went on to say that there were “quieter things” that he would not mind doing.

“I wouldn’t say I’m dropping out any second, but I would say it’s probably not too far away.”

Depp is best known for his roles in “Edward Scissorhands,” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. He has gained acclaim for his portrayals of Ed Wood in “Ed Wood,” Hunter S. Thompson in “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and George Jung in “Blow.”

He has collaborated with helmer and friend Tim Burton in eight pics, the most recent being 2012’s “Dark Shadows.”

He has been nominated for three Oscars for his roles in “Sweeney Todd,” “Finding Neverland” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.”

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  1. Adrian says:

    His skills as a dramatic actor are limited and repetitive at best. Despite whatever role he’s playiing (except for Gilbert Grape and Sweeney Todd), his characters are all cut from the same cloth, with the same silly mannerisms, and same cloying accents. Were it not for his good looks and falling in with the eccentrics in Hollywood (Tim Burton, John Waters), I doubt he’d have gotten as far as he has. There are far more talented and deserving actors on screen who don’t get nearly the recognition they deserve, Johnny’s become quite the cliché, the loon… perhaps he would indeed be better suited doing something else.

    • ovelix says:

      Probably you haven’t seen other movies beyond Tim Burton’s movies. Johnny Depp is a great talent apart from his appearence.He has done films and partnerships with great actors such as Faye Dunaway, Al Pacino, Marlon Brando and many other great names who are decidedly great actors that they wouldn’t do a film whith an actor that is not a good one. He has done about 20 films I must admit they weren’t all very good but his acting was always great! In my country we have aν adage which says that “everything a fox can’t reach she says they are hangers”.

  2. Marvella says:

    Some classics should be left alone. The Lone Ranger nor Dark Shadows were meant to be comedies. In the original Lone Ranger Tonto did not wear that cheap white makeup nor did he have that ridiculous dead bird on his head. I have always been a Johnny Depp fan, however, his last couple of movies really sucked. I think he’s a great actor but he has been choosing the wrong scripts lately.

  3. Valerie says:

    Johnny Depp is hands down one of if not the most amazingly gifted and versatile actors. I have been a huge fan for a very long time and will remain so forevever. I have not seen his latest flick yet. I find it hard to believe that it falls short of being clever, interesting and entertaining.
    Why do critics choose to be crtics? One thought comes to mind: THEY HAVE NO TALENT OF THEIR OWN WHATSOEVER!!! It has to be at least 100 times easier to sit around tearing the hard work of talented people apart then to actually create anything of talent on your own.

  4. John Sweeney says:

    lone ranger was so good! had no idea about reviews, but looks like they were also wrong for the people who were howling and stood up at the end in our theatre! it was clever, full of great twists and turns and the action sequences were spectacular. i grew up on westerns, love small films as well, but as far as a great summer flicks go, this one was much better than most.

  5. sandra bryant says:

    I loved “THE LONG RANGER” can’t wait for it come out on dvd. I thought Johnny Depp was great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. starshipcaptain says:

    All it should take are one or two more bombs.

  7. angela jensen says:

    As a fan I don’t think he
    should not . Let the critics
    bad reviews. Determine
    his decision. Sure he has
    done a few flops nobody’s
    perfect!! As for being burned out he is very high
    in demand. So taking a rest
    from acting is understandable ! After all
    he is only human . Not old
    50 is just a number.

  8. Dennis says:

    I for one just love this guy!! I could listen to him talk all day..I find him so interesting,more than any actor person I can think of.The man is quite good at his profession and the only ones losing would be the viewer

  9. Is It Good For The Tribe says:

    Quelle dommage! Non, vraiment je rigole qu’un acteur comme ci qui joue pour son travaille, quelque chose pas difficile, nous partons. Au revoir – il y a pleine des autres gens qui peuvent te replacer Monsier Depp. Et, pour la grace de Dieux, arrettes parlant avec ton faux accent Eurpoean – t’es en France monsieur…comment t’as trouve un accent pas Americain ou Francaise?? Incroyable.

  10. Al Salmond says:

    We’d be losing an absolute genius and it is really too bad that those who haven’t the ability to understand Johnny’s work still have the audacity to talk about him negatively. Good job Sir Depp and I hope you take some time off and come back to us with renewed vigor.

  11. Frank Caruso says:

    Johnny Depp has been influenced too much by Tim Burton. When he gets a role it’s as if he must become some kind of Cartoon Character. Also, here is a man who comes from Florida and all of a sudden acquires a European accent as if he was born there and then moved here.

    • Judy says:

      You stupido!!! Depp and Burton collaborate so much because they are of the same mind on certain movies, and Depp is about the only actor that could possibly grasp and appreciate Burton’s approach. Johnny himself may hail from Florida (didn’t know that, but will take your word for that), but he can adopt any accent he wants! After the three pirate movies, he had to have picked up some linguistic twists. Don’t knock two incredibly talented movie industry icons. Appreciate their talents – but, we can each have our own opinions, and that is exactly what youy have eexpressed as have I.have

  12. bruce jones says:

    it wouldn’t bother me 1 bit if he did quit all his movies are pretty bad and everytime he opens his mouth he talks like he is high on drugs .

    • Yousef says:

      all his movies are preety bad? did you even saw some of his movies? most of his movies are masterpeices but there is some medicore ones but they are not bad.

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