Johnny Depp has branded being an actor ‘insane’ and revealed he is ‘not too far away’ from quitting the film industry.

The Lone Ranger star made the comments in an interview for BBC Breakfast, which will be aired on Monday. He told Susanna Reid: ‘When you add up the amount of dialogue you say per year and you realise you’ve said written words more than you’ve had a chance to say your own words, that becomes an insane option for a human being. ‘Are there quieter things I wouldn’t mind doing? Yes, I wouldn’t mind that. I wouldn’t say I am dropping out any second but I would say it’s not too far away.’ Asked if he would retire before rumoured upcoming projects, Alice In Wonderland 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean 5, he reassured fans, saying: ‘No, I think we’re alright in those categories.’

It’s not the first time Depp has hinted that he wants to give up acting. He told Rolling Stone magazine back in June: ‘I can’t say that I’d want to be doing this for another 10 years.’

Depp added he was looking forward to ‘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’.