After a line of high-profile actors have announced their possible retirement—think Leonardo DiCaprio (Not until he gets his Oscar, we hope) and Ryan Gosling (we swooned, we sobbed)—Johnny Depp has suggested he’ll be leaving the big screen for good in the near future, as well.
While you might be thinking it was the cold press surrounding Disney’s tremendous flop The Lone Ranger, Depp says he’s tired of speaking from a script and just wants to return to a quiet, private life. The actor hinted to Rolling Stone earlier this year, “I can’t say that I’d want to be doing this for another 10 years.” He confirmed the idea of a future retirement, though, in a recent interview with BBC Breakfast, when he said that while he won’t be “dropping out any second,” the day we won’t see him on screen “is not far away.”
“When you add up the amount of dialogue you say per year…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 about that as a kind of insane option for a human being,” Depp told BBC. “So are there quieter things that I wouldn’t mind doing? Yeah, I would not mind that.”
But before he departs from the acting world, we can expect plenty of projects from him in the near future. And let’s get real: as long as Tim Burton is still around, Depp will always have a role at his disposal. He’s currently wrapping up Wally Pfister’s Transcendence, and preparing to shoot two movies before the end of the year: the crime comedy Mortdecai and the musical Into The Woods.
And of course, there’s a good ol’ Pirates sequel in talks and a sequel to Alice in Wonderland in progress, too.