Johnny Depp Says Retirement From Acting 'Probably Not Too Far Away'

Star says hectic career has started to overpower personal life

July 29, 2013 4:35 PM ET
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Johnny Depp
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Johnny Depp says his retirement from acting may come sooner than expected.

"Are there quieter things that I wouldn't mind doing? Yeah, I wouldn't mind that," Depp told the BBC in a new interview. "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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Depp, who recently appeared as Tonto in The Lone Ranger, says his hectic acting schedule has started to overpower his normal life. "At a certain point, you start thinking, and when you add up the amount of dialogue that you say per year, for example, you realize that you've said written words more than you've actually had a chance to say your own words," he says. "You start thinking about that as a kind of insane option for a human being."

Back in June, Depp expressed similar concerns to Rolling Stone in his cover profile. "I think while I've got the opportunity and the desire and the creative spark to do the things that I can do right now, I should do them," Depp said. "And then, at a certain point, just take it down to the bare minimum and concentrate on, I guess, living life. Really living life. And going somewhere where you don't have to be on the run, or sneak in through the kitchen or the underground labyrinth of the hotel. 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."

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