Johnny Depp Considering Retirement from Acting?

Johnny Depp considering retirement from acting?
After the flop of his latest film The Long Ranger in the States, Hollywood mega-star Johnny Depp has told BBC Breakfast this Monday that the end of his career as an actor might be closer than anyone expects.

The star has told the British show that he’s not “dropping out any second,” but that he’s likely to retire sooner rather than later to focus on “quieter” pursuits, not going further on what these non-cinema goals would be.

Just coincidence or a calculated strategy? Depp, who turned up 50 this year, has made this stirring, media headlining comments, precisely when he has started his European tour promoting The Lone Ranger, directed by Gore Verbinski (from The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) where he plays the role of Native American warrior Tonto alongside with Armie Hammer. The film, a expected summer blockbuster for Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, has been declared a flop at the U.S. box office, so here’s hoping the international screens will resurrect the film expectations. The movie will hit British cinemas on August 9th.

On the other hand, the idea of a premature retirement from acting seems directly linked with what Depp told recently to Rolling Stone magazine, where he affirmed that he realized he says more dialog written by others than his own personal utterances when he recalled all the words he says per year. “You start thinking about that as kind of an insane option for a human being,” he added.

Almost 30 years on screen, Depp has clearly shifted towards blockbuster audiences. From a career beginning including several roles in teen-oriented films, and his first huge successful collaboration with director Tim Burton in Edward Scissorhands, he gained himself a reputation of a “serious actor” with a particular appeal for dark, troubled characters, in excellent films by equally excellent directors like What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (Lasse Hällstrom), Ed Wood, again with Burton, Donnie Brasco (Mike Newell and replying Al Pacino in a much celebrated performance), Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch) or Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Terry Gilliam). But since the end of the 90s, Depp’s career has been oriented to major box-office and also really forgettable films, including, just to name a few, The Ninth Gate, The Mexican, The Tourist, Alice in Wonderland, Sweeney Todd, and of course, the whole Pirates of the Caribbean saga, undoubtedly (and sadly) his more popular role as the roguish (some would add also annoying) Captain Jack Sparrow.

Written By: Raül Jiménez

5 Responses to "Johnny Depp Considering Retirement from Acting?"

  1. liz   August 15, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I don’t want him to retire he is my all time favorite actor, he is amazing sure he might have had a few flops but so has every actor. He has been in so many amazing films i really dont want him to retire x

  2. Tiera   August 10, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    I can’t help but think he is right. Too many times have critics hailed movies that I and almost everyone I know, couldn’t stand and the same is true in the reverse. I saw the movie and I’m sorry, but it was good. I am not just saying that because I think he is an incredible actor (which he is)… because The Ninth Gate and The Mexican, did suck. I’m saying it, because it is true. The movie had a great storyline… was full of adventure… and great humor that actually wasn’t over the top.

    You would have to be an idiot to say that Alice in Wonderland, Sweeny Todd and Pirates of the Carribean were forgettable… no, actually you would have to be completely mentally defunct.

  3. Phil Anderson   July 31, 2013 at 12:55 am

    It is rather sad to hear however one can see his point as far as private interests. Acting can be a rather risky venture whenever there are hundreds of millions of dollars at stake to cover the costs of such huge productions of films he’s performed in recently. He’s been playing the eccentric and rather obnoxious rolls just one too many times possibly while maybe it’s time to take on more less risky and less predictable rolls in the future. There’s a lot of pressure whenever there’s so much money in the form of profits and investors expecting larger returns based on him being a top paid performer.

  4. Natalie Michelle   July 30, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Sorry to hear this he is one of my favorite courageous actors. I am Native American as well and hope he channels his good energies to the environment. Love you my friend, good thoughts to you “Spotted Eagle”.

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