Johnny Depp mulls retirement in wake of Lone Ranger flop


Johnny Depp has told BBC Breakfast he’s “not too far” from retirement; a vague declaration made newsworthy by its proximity to his recent big screen flop, The Lone Ranger.

His comments were captured for posterity by THR.

Disney’s The Lone Ranger marked the second big budget failure for Depp in a row, following his 2012 collaboration with Tim Burton, Dark Shadows.

Produced for more than $215 million, the Ranger will likely exit American cinemas without cracking the $100 million mark. Its prospects internationally are even less promising.

A fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film now seems like a certainty for Depp, who will likely need to bolster his wavering bankability.

But perhaps he can’t bear the thought of returning to the high seas as a 50-year-old, hence this retirement talk.

Though he insists he’s not “dropping out any second,” a swift exit from the limelight would not be surprising for the former indie heartthrob, who intruded on the world of big-budget blockbusters so unexpectedly.

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