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Johnny Depp Disses Acting as He Sets the Stage for His Final Bow

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Johnny Depp Disses Acting as He Sets the Stage for His Final Bow

Johnny Depp at the UK premiere of 'The Lone Ranger' on July 21 (Photo: Mike Marsland/WireImage)

And here we thought his great love for playing outlandish characters would carry him into his twilight years.

Johnny Depp is letting it be known — he plans to quit the business. More than that, he's taking a pot shot at his profession in the process, calling his career "an insane option." Harsh words for a man who was listed by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2012 as the world's highest paid actor.

"I wouldn't say I am dropping out any second but I would say it's probably not too far away," the 50-year-old actor said during an interview with the BBC.

One reason he gave for his impending departure — that he utters more words from movie scripts than he speaks of his own volition. "You start thinking about that as kind of an insane option for a human being," he said.

Hey, the guy has been pretty busy over the past 10 years ever since the success of the first "Pirates of the Caribbean" installment. He recently indicated the wear and tear that comes with filming those big blockbusters, telling Yahoo! Movies, "I'm an old man," and alluding to the difficulty that comes with long days on set.

Depp said that after he calls it quits with Hollywood, that he wants to embark on "quieter" pursuits, though he didn't explain what exactly that meant.

Just weeks ago, Depp admitted he was thinking of retirement, telling Rolling Stone, "I can't say that I'd want to be doing this for another 10 years."

Judging from his upcoming projects, we'll be seeing Depp through at least 2015, when "Pirates of the Caribbean 5" comes out — and a release date has yet to be set for "Alice in Wonderland 2," which will presumably come out after "Pirates."

Here's to hoping Depp takes a good long break, misses acting, and stages a comeback by 2020!

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