Well, it’s not happening anytime soon: Johnny Depp is already slated for “Into the Woods,” “Pirates of the Caribbean 5,” the crime thriller “Mortdecai,” the sci-fi drama “Transcendence,” quite possibly another “Alice in Wonderland” movie, and who knows what else. But the 50-year-old actor talked about retirement to the BBC the other day, saying he’d like to focus on “quieter pursuits.”
The star, who recently told Rolling Stone magazine he was thinking of ending his acting career, said he recently added up all the words he says per year and realized that he says more dialog written by others than his own personal utterances. “You start thinking about that as kind of an insane option for a human being,” he added.
Well, if he wants a quieter life, I’d suggest a moratorium on any further “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, for starters. But it made me think of a few other movie folk who publicly announced a retirement:
— Steven Soderbergh has supposedly, after numerous public announcements, retired from feature filmmaking. (“Behind the Candelabra,” he said, is his last.) Note, though, that he’s still working in other venues: he’s producing a musical version of “Magic Mike” for Broadway, as well as directing and producing the Cinemax series “The Knick,” starring Clive Owen.
— Hugh Grant has repeatedly announced that he has retired from acting, or semi-retired, or lost interest, or whatever. But he popped up as a pirate voice (a terrific one) in “The Pirates: Band of Misfits,” in a variety of roles in “Cloud Atlas,” and is supposedly starring in a new Marc Lawrence rom-com and yet another Bridget Jones movie.
— Peter O’Toole, about a year ago, charmingly announced a year ago in a letter that “It is time for me to chuck in the sponge” — in other words, that he was retiring from film and stage. And, though he still has a few movies shot but not yet released, he appears to have done so.