Johnny Depp: I may quit acting soon

Johnny Depp doesn't exactly seem like the kind of guy who'll be taking up shuffleboard and dining on early-bird specials, but retirement may be in the near future for the 50-year-old "Lone Ranger" star.

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    From the Mad Hatter to Cry-Baby, the sexy star prefers oddballs and outsiders to traditional leading men.

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    Actor Johnny Depp sits down with TODAY's Savannah Guthrie to talk about his recent engagement, upcoming film "Transcendence," and his childhood ambitions of growing up to be a rock star.

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    Red-carpet hello -

    Depp attends the premiere of his film "Transcendence" at 798 Art Zone in Beijing on March 31, 2014.

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    Put a ring on it -

    Depp talks during a promotional event for his new movie "Transcendence" in Beijing on March 31. Depp showed off his diamond ring and confirmed that he's not just wearing it for fashion reasons. "The fact that I'm wearing a chick's ring on my finger is probably a dead giveaway," Depp said when asked by The Associated Press to confirm his engagement. "Not very subtle."

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    All eyes on him -

    Depp stars as Will in "Transcendence", a movie about a terminally ill scientist who downloads his mind into a computer granting him power beyond his wildest dreams.

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    Have you Heard? -

    Depp and Amber Heard attend the premiere of "3 Days to Kill" at the Arclight Theatre Feb. 12, 2014, in Los Angeles. Heard met Depp while filming "The Rum Diary" and they have dated since 2012.

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    Hats off to you -

    Depp appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman" on Feb. 21, 2013, in New York where he chatted about his upcoming film "The Lone Ranger," and played guitar.

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    'The Lone Ranger' -

    Depp joined the Comanche Nation in advance of playing Native American Tonto in "The Lone Ranger," which opened in July 2013.

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    Axe man -

    Depp loves to play guitar, and took the stage at the Jameson Petty Fest West on Nov. 15, 2012, in Los Angeles.

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    With his alter ego -

    Depp poses with a photo of himself as Barnabas Collins in "Dark Shadows" while in Tokyo to promote the film on May 13, 2012.

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    Depp and the ladies -

    "Dark Shadows" stars Chloe Moretz, Bella Heathcote, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter pose with Depp in London on May 9, 2012.

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    'Dark Shadows' -

    Depp was a fan of the 1960s-1970s TV show "Dark Shadows" as a child, and in 2012, plays vampire Barnabas Collins in the movie version.

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    Over and done -

    Depp and girlfriend Vanessa Paradis attend the 9th Annual Critics' Choice Awards on Jan. 10, 2004, at the Beverly Hills Hotel, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Depp and Paradis began dating in 1998 and have two children together, Lily-Rose Melody and John Christopher, but separated in 2012.

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    'The Rum Diary' red carpet -

    Depp poses for photographers as he arrives for the French premiere of his film, "The Rum Diary," on Nov. 8, 2011.

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    'The Rum Diary' -

    In "The Rum Diary," Depp plays an itinerant journalist who leaves Eisenhower-era America for the freedoms of Puerto Rico and its plentiful rum. Depp reportedly found the manuscript for "Rum Diary" at Hunter S. Thompson's home and encouraged the famed gonzo journalist to publish it.

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    In the spotlight -

    Depp attends the premiere of the movie "Public Enemies" at the Mann Village theatre in Westwood, Calif., on Tuesday, June 23, 2009. The star told David Letterman that he never actually watches his own performances.

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    'Alice in Wonderland' -

    Depp plays the Mad Hatter in director Tim Burton's take on the 2010 film version of "Alice in Wonderland." The two have collaborated eight times. Burton told the L.A. Times that Depp didn't mind playing another oddball character, "He loves doing that. That's never a problem. He doesn't like to be the same way twice. That's good, it always keeps it fresh and all. And he likes the material we have here and he gets it. It's nice to have people involved that are fans of the material and all."

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    'Public Enemies' -

    Depp stars as bank robber and folk hero John Dillinger in Michael Mann's "Public Enemies." Christian Bale co-stars as the FBI agent who's determined to track him down. In an interview with the U.K. Telegraph, Depp said, "John Dillinger was that era’s rock and roll star,” said Depp. “He was a very charismatic man and he lived the way he wanted to and didn’t compromise. I feel he was a kind of a Robin Hood because he truly cared about people."

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    'Sweeney Todd' -

    For his sixth collaboration with director Tim Burton, Depp starred as murderous barber Sweeney Todd, who begins a sinister partnership with Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter), when they begin turning his victims into meat pies. The role required Depp to sing and the actor told Entertainment Weekly that the experience was "frightening. Really frightening! When Tim asked if I'd be into it, he said, 'Do you think you can sing?' And I said, 'Honestly, I don't know. 'I'm not tone deaf, so I knew I could stay in key to some degree. But I didn't know if I could sustain a note, or belt one out."

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    Another popcorn trophy -

    Depp accepts the award for best performance for "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" onstage during the 2007 MTV Movie Awards on June 3, 2007, in Universal City, Calif.

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    Fans across the world -

    Fans cheer Depp on his arrival at Narita International Airport for the Japanese premiere of "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" on May 22, 2007, in Narita, Japan. The film grossed over $960 million worldwide.

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    'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest' -

    Depp was more than ready to play Captain Jack Sparrow for a second time. He told About.com, "I kind of like everything about playing him. I feel like he's just good fun to play ... You get to add stuff and try things and get away with it, just to see what you can get away with. I've been very lucky so far, and he's just a really fun character. I certainly wasn't ready to say goodbye to him after the first film. I felt like there was a lot more to be done, more fun to be had."

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    Slimed! -

    Johnny Depp and Ben Stiller share the stage at the 18th Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards at the UCLA Pauley Pavillion on April 2, 2005, in Westwood, Calif. Depp took home the award for favorite movie actor for "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and favorite voice from an animated feature for "Corpse Bride."

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    Leaving his mark -

    Depp attends the hand and footprint ceremony honoring him in the courtyard of the Mann's Chinese Theatre on Sept. 16, 2005 in Hollywood, Calif.

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    'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' -

    Depp plays eccentric candy mogul Willy Wonka in 2005's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Director Tim Burton doesn't give us the warm and fuzzy version of Wonka, instead he twists everything just enough to make Depp perfect as the child-despising candy maker.

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    'Finding Neverland' -

    Depp played "Peter Pan" author J.M. Barrie in 2004's "Finding Neverland." In the film, the married Barrie befriends Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (Kate Winslet) and her sons and finds inspiration for his classic story of a boy who doesn't want to grow up.

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    Dynamic duo -

    Depp and Kate Winslet attend the "Finding Neverland" screening at the Venice Film Festival on Sept. 4, 2004, in Venice, Italy. Depp told the BBC that he enjoyed the idea behind "Peter Pan." "The notion is beautiful, the idea of staying a boy and a child forever, and I think you can. I have known plenty of people who, in their later years, had the energy of children and the kind of curiosity and fascination with things like little children. I think we can keep that, and I think it's important to keep that part of staying young. But I also think it's great fun growing old."

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    'Pirates of the Caribbean' -

    Depp found his inner pirate when he surprised everyone with his free-wheeling portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in 2003's "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl." Orlando Bloom played straight man to Depp's almost drunken performance of a pirate, a character he based partially on Rolling Stones' guitarist Keith Richards.

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    Still in character? -

    Depp arrives at the premiere for "Blow" in Los Angeles on March 29, 2001. He told Cinefile.com he found the film challenging, especially after meeting the real-life character he was about to play. "You initially would think of this guy as the smuggler who, it appears, has abandoned his family and would not be a very likeable person. When I met George and read the book, I realized it was a lot more complicated than that. He was doing what he knew ... He became the thing he did not want to become. He became his greedy, money-obsessed mother ... The real George, who I spent days with in the Otisville penitentiary, is a very charming, very bright, interesting guy."

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    'Blow' -

    This 2001 film is based on the true story of George Jung (Depp), who was instrumental in establishing the cocaine trafficking market in the 1970s. Depp clearly had fun with both the hair styles -- check the sideburns -- and clothes when making this film about the downward spiral of a drug dealer.

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    'Chocolat' -

    Who can woo mysterious chocolatier Juliette Binoche? Could it be the dashing Roux (Depp), a gypsy who's just passing through but gets a taste for Binoche's sweets? Lasse Hallstrom directed this 2000 film, which may be a bit too sweet for its own good, though Depp and Binoche make an appealing pair.

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    'Sleepy Hollow' -

    In 1999's "Sleepy Hollow," yet another collaboration with Tim Burton, Depp plays Ichabod Crane, New York police inspector sent to sort out a series of murders who falls for the lovely Katrina Van Tassel (Christina Ricci). But to reach her he must travel through the frightening woods, chased by the deadly Headless Horseman.

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    'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' -

    Depp plays writer Hunter S. Thompson in this 1998 adaptation of his classic book about a drug-filled adventure with friend and lawyer Dr. Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro, in an other-worldly performance). The film may leave you feeling like you've indulged in a couple of illegal substances.

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    'Donnie Brasco' -

    Depp stars as an undercover FBI agent in 1997's "Donnie Brasco." In the film, he infiltrates the mob and befriends Benjamin 'Lefty' Ruggiero (Al Pacino). The deeper he gets, the more his regular life suffers, with his marriage falling apart. But can he walk away without making Ruggiero pay for his sins?

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    'Don Juan DeMarco' -

    Depp plays a man who believes himself to be Don Juan, the greatest lover in the world, in 1995's "Don Juan DeMarco." Marlon Brando plays the psychiatrist treating him who gets more and more drawn in by his stories, especially those of the lovely Dona Ana (Geraldine Pailhas). Beyond Depp's usual fine performance, a rotund Brando has major chemistry with his wife, played by Faye Dunaway.

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    Bad boy -

    Depp being escorted out of the 19th Precinct in New York after his arrest in 1994 for damaging a hotel suite.

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    Thrilled? -

    Depp holds a replica of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994. Depp once told Cinema.com, "I'll never understand the animal, the machine of Hollywood business. And I don't want to understand it. It's like joining a club, a clique just because everyone else is in it. You don't have any particular interest in it, and it has nothing to do with who you are as a person. You just join it because it's the thing to do."

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    'Ed Wood' -

    Depp portrayed the worst director ever in Tim Burton's 1994 film "Ed Wood." Known for his love of cross-dressing and for making films like "Plan Nine From Outer Space," Wood was yet another oddball outsider to add to Depp's growing quiver of quirky characters.

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    'Benny & Joon' -

    Depp plays Sam, a simple man with a love for Buster Keaton films in 1993's "Benny & Joon." After winning him in a poker game, Joon (Mary Stuart Masterson) brings him home, much to the chagrin of her brother and caretaker Benny (Aiden Quinn), who doesn't have time for a love life of his own, let alone taking care of yet another person with psychological problems. But when Sam and Joon find love, Benny has to realize that sometimes it's time to let go. The film features some awesome Chaplin-esque routines from Depp.

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    'Edward Scissorhands' -

    Depp is never afraid to adopt a strange hairstyle or makeup for a role as he proved in his first collaboration with Tim Burton, 1990's "Edward Scissorhands." In the title role, Depp stars as gentle man with scissors for hands who falls for golden girl Winona Ryder, while finding time to create interesting hairstyles for the town's women, as well as trim a few hedges. Of course, not everyone likes this oddball, and as in many of Depp's films, he finds himself an outcast.

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    Power couple -

    Depp dated Winona Ryder from 1989-93, his co-star from "Edward Scissorhands." They got engaged, and he tattooed "Winona Forever" on his right arm -- but after they separated, he had that changed to read "Wino Forever."

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    '21 Jump Street' -

    Depp made an early splash playing Officer Tom Hanson on "21 Jump Street." Depp, along with Peter DeLuise, Holly Robinson and Dustin Nguyen, played cops who staked out high schools. Yes, it's true, this is the show that made being a narc somewhat cool.

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    'Cry-Baby' -

    Depp stars as greaser Wade 'Cry-Baby' Walker, the delinquent orphaned son of the executed Alphabet Killer in Jon Waters' 1990 film "Cry-Baby." Sexpot Wanda Woodward (former teen porn queen Traci Lords) is part of Cry-Baby's gang. Cry-Baby tries to use his many charms to woo the virginal Allison Vernon-Williams (Amy Locane) away from her square friends and battle lines are drawn.

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On Monday, the actor told "BBC Breakfast" that earlier reports he might hang it up aren't far off.

"At a certain point you know, you start thinking," he said. "And when you add up the amount of dialogue that you say per year, for example, and you realize that you’ve said written words more than you’ve actually had a chance to say your own words, you know, you start thinking about that as a kind of insane option for a human being. Are there quieter things that I wouldn't mind doing? Yeah, I wouldn't mind that."

"I wouldn't say that I'm dropping out any second," Depp said. "But I would say that's probably not too far away."

Depp also said in the interview that he hoped to take the stereotype of Native American Tonto as only sidekick to the Lone Ranger and "flip that on its head." The film shows Tonto and the Ranger as partners, with Tonto getting the best of the Ranger more times than not.

Depp also showed the interviewer his fingernails, which he said were painted by his 14-year-old daughter. "This is a daughter's revenge," he joked.

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