He told the BBC in an interview broadcast earlier that he would hope to move on to “quieter things” in the near future.
“I wouldn’t say I’m dropping out any second, but I would say it’s probably not too far away,” said Depp. “When you add up the amount of dialogue that you say per year and you realise 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.”
Johnny’s comments on acting echo those of Brad Pitt, who suggested he would quit acting “in three years” during a 2011 TV interview with 60 Minutes. Brad – of a similar age (49) – said he would look to develop his career as a producer.
Johnny has a few more films on his slate before retirement is an option. “Pirates of the Caribbean 5” is due in 2015, while a sequel to “Alice in Wonderland” is rumored to include an appearance by Johnny’s character, The Mad Hatter. The star has also recently signed on to play the title role in Mortdecai, a comic crime thriller about a dashing and unscrupulous art dealer.