The 50-year old "Pirates of the Caribbean" thesp has revealed that he may be close to quitting acting, telling BBC Breakfast that he was "probably not too far away" from his last pic.
"The Lone Ranger," told the Beeb that the acting profession was an "insane option for a human being."
He said: "At a certain point you start thinking. When you add up the amount of dialogue that you say per year and you realize that you've said written words more than you've had a chance to say your own words, you start thinking about that as an insane option for a human being."
Depp went on to say that there were "quieter things" that he would not mind doing.
"I wouldn't say I'm dropping out any second, but I would say it's probably not too far away."
Depp is best known for his roles in "Edward Scissorhands," and the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise. He has gained acclaim for his portrayals of Ed Wood in "Ed Wood," Hunter S. Thompson in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and George Jung in "Blow."
He has collaborated with helmer and friend Tim Burton in eight pics, the most recent being 2012's "Dark Shadows."
He has been nominated for three Oscars for his roles in "Sweeney Todd," "Finding Neverland" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl."
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