Overheard: Is Johnny Depp ready to retire?
July 29th, 2013
01:47 PM ET

Overheard: Is Johnny Depp ready to retire?

After appearing in more than 50 films, Johnny Depp is thinking about the end - of his acting career, that is.

The 50-year-old star mentioned as much to Rolling Stone earlier this year, and more recently admitted to the BBC that there comes a time when one starts mulling ways to quiet down and get more balance.

"When you add up the amount of dialogue that you say per year, for example, 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 kind of an insane option for a human being," Depp said.

After all, the actor who's been a heartthrob for generations is officially "over the hill."

"I'm kicking 50 right up the a**," he told Rolling Stone in June, ahead of his latest release, "The Lone Ranger." "I can't say that I'd want to be doing this for another 10 years. ... At a certain point, when you get old enough or get a few brain cells back, you realize that, on some level, you lived a life of a fugitive."

While "thoughts of retirement" may "pop up every day," Depp isn't divorcing the screen just yet. Aside from the disappointing "Lone Ranger," the actor has at least three other projects up in the air, including a fifth "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie.

"Are there quieter things that I wouldn't mind doing? Yeah," Depp told the BBC. "I wouldn't say that I'm dropping out any second, but I would say that's probably not too far away."

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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. She does all the talking ...we said nothing...

    you exposed it....we never said a word.

    August 21, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. You exposed Depp again...we didn't you did.

    doc her

    August 21, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. He will never meet anyone as long as your on the tool....

    doc her

    August 21, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Baxter Masterman

    Has anyone noticed that the comments in the entertainment section, particularly this page and Gaga's page, contain more intelligent dialogue than most of the "actual" news pages? I wonder...

    August 21, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ford was paid a week ago....you will never meet anyone with this problem


    August 19, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. boo?

    come home.

    August 19, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. depp

    just stepped up a knotch in rating.

    August 9, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Let's focus on this---

    He better not retire!

    August 9, 2013 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. tfan

    come home soon!

    August 9, 2013 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. Lee

    I have always like this man, always enjoyed his work. And being his work is in fact now work, he is probably right about his time to start living. I went and saw his last movie , and I loved it, why? Cause he is a good actor, he makes me laugh and I just enjoy him. I just wish I could retire and have the chance to be able to do, what ever I wanted to do. But he has made his money now, go spend and enjoy and live

    August 3, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Epidi

    Good for him if that makes him happy. He'll be missed but one's sanity & happiness with life trumps making more $ in my book. He has enough to live happily ever after persuing whatever it is that grows his soul.

    August 2, 2013 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. TMARG

    We need to work on Depp ....he has some paranoid, confidence issues and finds excuses too hate her....she will never hate him no matter what he does too her.

    July 31, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bluedestiny

    Hey J, you're great, but distance yourself from Burton. His films are completely unwatchable. That Tonto thing was appallingly bad. Depp as Tonto. Really? When does common sense apply?

    It's not about dropping out, its about choosing roles.

    July 31, 2013 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • It seems like when i walk in is when gets his stuff from her...correct?

      i find that childlike and uyou have huge trust issues..we can work on that....with her its going too be less tool.

      July 31, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. depp

    he's so hot....even when he slows up machines...i would have s-x with him not matter what.

    July 31, 2013 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  15. M.A.P.

    I too was a fan of Depp back in the 90's when Edward Sissorhands came out, but he has been milked and milked until they are just squeezing blood from the udder now. Pirates of the Carribean, Willy Wonka remake, Alice in Wonderland remake, The Lone Ranger – ALL FLOPS! And I must say his performances are getting weaker and more predictable. He needs to take a break and make a comeback in 10 years. Go on holiday – find yourself agian.

    July 31, 2013 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      I don't think the word Flop means what you think it means. The Pirates movies and Alice In Wonderland are some of the highest grossing films of all time.

      July 31, 2013 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      I meant critically they were flops and that they were not "Classics". I don't give a sh!t about box office.

      August 2, 2013 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  16. Daniel

    Okay, bye! The last moved I was duped to see was the first Pirates of the Caribbean. And it sucked!

    July 30, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Krandal

    I, for one, thought he was great as the IceMan in "Top Gun".

    July 30, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Meh

    A billion bucks is finally enough? Besides, your last 3 characters have all been the same but in different movies.

    July 30, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Here we go --- it's gonna be a wild trollercoaster ride, folks

    Report abuse on the hacker trolls.

    July 30, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  20. The trolls are creeping around again, leaving their droppings...

    time to report abuse on you hacker gripers...

    July 30, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Depp

    Did you look at the film yet or do i tell him word for word what happened.....

    July 30, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Shaqir

    He needs to do one more film, playing Bill Clinton while Scarlett Johannson plays Hillary so the voting masses will line up to elect her after 0bama. Like the pied piper leading mindless waves of rats. That's Hollywood, the dem o crats ministry of pr0paganda, manipulating the bottom half of the bell curve.

    July 30, 2013 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Obadiah

      You need to lay off the FoxNews, man. You're blithering like a paranoid, right-wing propaganda addled addict. That sh!t is mind poison - just look what it's done to so many senile-old and sub-literate white trash people in our country - it's turned them into Tea Partiers.

      July 30, 2013 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Jackie

      Ha! Better he should play Anthony Wiener, and Sarah Jessica Parker can play Huma. And depict them favorably, so he can take over the white house after being New York's next mayor!

      July 30, 2013 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  23. Islands

    And he owns that wildly popular bar in Paris. He could just settle down again in France and manage it. Not a bad gig!

    July 30, 2013 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  24. ※Sadie※

    I think he is a really good actor. I was surprised to learn that he had been in so many movies, and which ones. 50 is young to retire, but he's probably got all the cash he needs to survive. Go and enjoy life. If you get bored, you can always come back to acting. Heck, we should all be so lucky to retire at 50, with no worries in the world. I could handle that.

    July 29, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Win50

    Retire already!....Good for him!!!!

    July 29, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Captain Slapaho

    Drop is still alive?
    Who knew?

    July 29, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  27. salleeee

    Johnny is the best and should make some more GOOD movies. He can do whatever he wants anytime he wants
    with his talent, his money, and his gorgeousness.

    July 29, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  28. MariJoy

    Depp has always struck me as one of those would-be-really-handsome-if-not-for type of guys.

    In this case it's that "girly mouth" of his that's just too small for his face. Just MY OPINION folks...

    July 29, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • wasso

      A mick jagger mouth wouldn't look good on his face anyway. Actually, he has a young face for a 50 year old

      July 30, 2013 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  29. JT

    He is still successful and if he wants to slow down, I don't see why not. I was thinking the other day about how many movies he's been in and it really started to blow my mind just how great of a career he's had. He could "retire" for a few years and then go back to acting when he's feeling bored again. 50 is pretty young to retire!

    July 29, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Wolfgang Amadeus Moosefart

    What's the deal with the purple lenses? He needs to think about retiring those.

    July 29, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • John W.

      What a deeply intelligent contribution to the discussion. Thank you... Moosefart? Oh, never mind, now I get it; that's the most intelligent you're capable of being.

      July 29, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristian

      Its my understanding that he is going blind. He is nearly totally blind in one eye – and the other isn't great...the purple glasses help apparently.

      July 30, 2013 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Wolfgang dear

      you won't do anything but hang up on her-

      July 30, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Emma

    Cool. I'm glad he is not retiring yet. He was GREAT in the sitcom "Webster" playing the leading character. Hopefully there will be a remake of this classic series soon.

    July 29, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |

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