Former teen heartthrob and current DILF Johnny Depp turned 50 this year (whoa). He's come a long way from his debut role as the boy who succumbed to Freddy Krueger's reign of terror in A Nightmare on Elm Street. The actor has been cranking out projects left and right in recent years, his Captain Jack Sparrow character raking in big blockbuster dough, but the Tim Burton collaborations (Alice in Wonderland in particular) and other missteps have felt like mere paycheck projects.
Depp's rumblings in the past about quitting Hollywood never came to pass, but the actor brought the subject up again while making the press rounds for his latest film, The Lone Ranger. Depp told the BBC that he's not going to be "dropping out any second" from acting, but he's "probably not too far away" from it either. He'd like to pursue "quieter" ventures — whatever that means. When he spoke to Rolling Stone earlier this year, he discussed an epiphany he recently had about his career.
Depp realized he was spending most of his time uttering the words of others, rather than his own. "You start thinking about that as kind of an insane option for a human being," he said. We've never pegged him as the talkative type, but he has a point. In that interview, Depp also revealed that he's "basically blind," which has to be frustrating for a star who frequently performs his own stunts and needs to study scripts on a daily basis.
The Lone Ranger was a risky venture for producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Gore Verbinski and company (the character and story isn't exactly relevant these days), and the movie didn't perform as expected. It hits British theaters on August 9. If the movie continues to bomb on an international scale, maybe Depp will hit the road sooner rather than later.