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,’ Š 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.
At age 50, he is still one the hottest names in Hollywood.
Despite his success, Depp, who celebrated his milestone birthday June 9, recognizes that life on Hollywood’s A-list can be fleeting.
"I certainly wouldn’t expect that it is one of those things that is going to stick around forever and ever," he said. "The clock ticks, the time’s up and the next guy steps in or whatever and that’s how it goes."
Depp refuses to take a single day for granted.
"Just to be here still is pretty amazing," he said. "So yeah, I guess when you hit 50 finally Š it’s just happy to still be around."