'Transcendence' star Johnny Depp still hates being famous: It's 'living like a fugitive'

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By Randee Dawn

Johnny Depp may be an international film star with a loyal following, a just-minted fiancée and the star of a brand new sci-fi film, "Transcendence," but he doesn't necessarily have the whole world by the tail. In a chat with TODAY on Friday, Depp admitted he's actually a technological "oaf," still hates the fame game and confirmed that no, his bride-to-be is not pregnant.

"What do you think I am, a savage?" he responded to Savannah Guthrie's question about whether 27-year-old Amber Heard (who he calls "wonderful" and "sharp as a tack") is pregnant. "It's not a shotgun affair."

Being asked questions like that is one of the consequences of fame, something Depp admitted he's never gotten used to. Being famous, he noted, is "a little bit like living like a fugitive. Everything has to be some sort of strategy. To get you into the hotel, to get you out of the hotel, to get you into the restaurant, to get you out of the restaurant."

He's "honored" to have fans and said he'll always be there for them, "because those people that buy the tickets are the people that I consider my boss." But he admitted, if he could do what he does minus the fame, he would definitely take that option. "Easily," he said.

Fame seems to have been his destiny, though. Even as a kid, he admitted he had "rock star ambitions" tied up in his desire to create art.

"More than that, just to be in a rock and roll band that was not going to be stopped," he said. But now, he's been able to take those dreams and work with artists like Alice Cooper and Willie Nelson, who he called "the wise man of the mountain."

Meanwhile in his acting life, Depp continues to take chances and roles that are among some of the most interesting in Hollywood. His latest, as a scientist whose brain is uploaded to a computer after he's injured, is a rarity in that he wears no special makeup or costuming — he's just a "normal scientist" whose new freedom to the world's computers twists him around.

Not that the movie inspired him to become more tech-savvy, though.

"Technologically, I'm a complete and utter oaf," he said, gesturing as if he were sending a text message. "A grown man, you know, attempting to send an important message with these thumbs? You know, it's truly given meaning to the expression, 'I'm all thumbs.'"

"Transcendence" opens in theaters on April 17.