The Oscar-nominated actor and icon, 51, recently told Details magazine that he is no longer worried about the perception of what makes a movie a hit. He opened up about recent films that have done less than what is expected of the "Prates of the Caribbean" star.
"What is really satisfying is, like Marlon [Brando, one of his mentors and icons], getting to that place where he just didn't give a f---," Depp told the magazine. "First, I reached a point where I cared so much and was so diligent in terms of approaching the work. Then you get to where you care so f----- much that it gets g------ beleaguering, you know? But then a great thing happens. Suddenly you care enough to not give a f---, because not giving a f---, that's the total liberation. Being game to try anything."
Depp, whose recent movies like "The Lone Ranger," did poorly at the box office, said hits like "Pirates" often happen by accident and are hard to replicate.
"It's like being a dog at the track," Depp added. "They expect you to live up to some race you happened to be in and won accidentally. From that first second, you're nothing more than a commodity. They have expectations of another 'Pirates.' It's great if something works. Boy, that's killer. But God, to have that as your design . . . it's ugly, I think."
Finally the reclusive Depp said even though he is a legend and a sex symbol, "I'm f----- shy ... I'm living, in a sense, like a fugitive. I don't like to be in social situations. It's fine for me in a weird way, having to run and hide. Less and less, I have the opportunity to observe, because I'm the one being observed."