Depp at 50: 'Just happy to still be around'
In this Saturday, June 22, 2013 photo, actor Johnny Depp arrives at the world premiere of "The Lone Ranger" at Disney California Adventure, in Anaheim, Calif. The Golden Globe-winning actor plays iconic Native American, Tonto, in the upcoming Disney reboot opening July 3. He said his children, Lily-Rose, 14, and Jack, 11, can’t wait to see it. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — It may be difficult to separate Johnny Depp from his "Pirates" character Jack Sparrow, but the actor recalls a time before the boozy buccaneer became a household name.
"The films that I did prior to 'Pirates,' ... not everything but a lot of it, was sort of by industry standards, not blockbuster stuff. So I wasn't ever blockbuster material," said Depp in a recent interview.
But that's not to say he didn't have fun during those years.
"I've been lucky enough to be involved in some very small and different independent films throughout my career and I've been able to be involved in, you know, a couple of films that shocked everybody, especially me," he said.
Since 2003, Depp has played the flamboyant captain in four hugely successful "Pirates of the Caribbean" films, with a fifth installment slated for 2015.
At age 50, he is still one the hottest names in Hollywood and about ready to launch another big-budget summer flick, "The Lone Ranger."
"The only thing I can equate it with is luck. There's no other reason," he said of his career longevity. "The fact that I was able to survive through that 15 years of just bouncing around doing (indie) movies and now still to end up here is amazing."
The Golden Globe-winning actor plays the famed Native American character Tonto in the upcoming Disney reboot of "The Lone Ranger," which is opening Wednesday. He said his children, Lily-Rose, 14, and Jack, 11, can't wait to see it.
"They're pretty excited about this one," Depp said while promoting the film in Santa Fe, N.M., where part of the movie was filmed. "You know, of course, they thought it was insane when they watched me play Tonto, but now they're looking forward to this one."
In this Saturday, June 22, 2013 photo, Johnny Depp attends the world premiere of "The Lone Ranger" at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, Calif. The Golden Globe-winning actor plays iconic Native American, Tonto, in the upcoming Disney reboot opening July 3. He said his children, Lily-Rose, 14, and Jack, 11, can’t wait to see it. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Despite his success, Depp recognizes that life on Hollywood's A-list can be fleeting.
"I certainly wouldn't expect that it is one of those things that is going to stick around forever and ever," he said. "The clock ticks, the time's up and the next guy steps in or whatever and that's how it goes."