October 5th, 2011
09:25 AM ET
Johnny Depp has another three projects in the works following this month's "The Rum Diary" and it's no wonder: Forbes estimated that the well-paid actor pulled in $50 million last year, and he's trying to rake it in while the cash is flowing.
“Basically, if they’re going to pay me the stupid money right now, I’m going to take it," the 48-year-old star told Vanity Fair in the magazine's November issue. "I have to. I mean, it’s not for me. Do you know what I mean? At this point, it’s for my kids. It’s ridiculous, yeah, yeah. But ultimately is it for me? No. No. It’s for the kids.”
But even though his bank account's changed, VF writer Nick Tosches, who has known Depp for more than 10 years, says he's "still the same old Johnny." It is obvious that being photographed all the time hasn't gotten any easier for the actor.
“You just feel like you’re being raped somehow. Raped. The whole thing. It feels like a kind of weird—just weird, man," Depp says of getting his photo snapped. "Whenever you have a photo shoot or something like that, it’s like —- you just feel dumb. It’s just so stupid."
That comparison drew criticism on Tuesday, and Depp has since responded.
"I am truly sorry for offending anyone in any way. I never meant to. It was a poor choice of words on my part in an effort to explain a feeling," he says in a statement on the Huffington Post. "I understand there is no comparison and I am very regretful. In an effort to correct my lack of judgment, please accept my heartfelt apology."
Read the full interview with Depp when the November Vanity Fair arrives October 12.
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