Johnny Depp is the latest A-lister talking about retirement. He joins a growing group of our favorites, including Daniel Day-Lewis, Quentin Tarantino, Ryan Gosling and Leornardo DiCaprio. None of the latter have committed to a permanent retirement but all have mentioned they will be taking a break from their work in front of or behind the camera soon. Is it because of burnout, over-commitment or lack of quality work available? In Tarantino's case, he doesn't want to be an old man filmmaker. "Directors don't get better as they get older. Usually the worst films in their filmography are those last four at the end. I am all about my filmography, and one bad film f--ks up three good ones."
Rolling Stone asked Depp why he's contemplating retirement and Depp explained that he recently added up all the words he says per year and realized that he said more dialogue written by others than his own personal utterances. "You start thinking about that as kind of an insane option for a human being."
I can't say that I'd want to be doing this for another 10 years. I think while I've got the opportunity and the desire and the creative spark to do the things that I can do right now, I should do them. And then, at a certain point, just take it down to the bare minimum and concentrate on, I guess, living life. Really living life. And going somewhere where you don't have to be on the run, or sneak in through the kitchen or the underground labyrinth of the hotel. At a certain point, when you get old enough or get a few brain cells back, you realize that, on some level, you lived a life of a fugitive.
It's hard to imagine the void of Depp, Day-Lewis, Tarantino, DiCaprio or Gosling at the movies. Let's hope that any "retirement" is temporary and more great work comes from all. Until then, here's a look at our rumored-retiree Johnny Depp clip gallery, featuring clips from Finding Neverland, Chocolat and Dead Man.