Depp at 50: ‘Just happy to still be around’
SANTA FE, N.M. – It may be difficult to separate Johnny Depp from his “Pirates” character Jack Sparrow, but the actor recalls a time before the boozy buccaneer became a household name.
“The films that I did prior to ‘Pirates,’ … not everything but a lot of it, was sort of by industry standards, not blockbuster stuff. So I wasn’t ever blockbuster material,” said Depp in a recent interview.
But that’s not to say he didn’t have fun during those years.
“I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in some very small and different independent films throughout my career and I’ve been able to be involved in, you know, a couple of films that shocked everybody, especially me,” he said. Since 2003, Depp has played the flamboyant captain in four hugely successful “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, with a fifth installment slated for 2015.