Johnny Depp has reportedly earned more than $300 million for the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise, a sum he says is far too much. "Basically, if they're going to pay me the stupid money right now, I'm going to take it," Depp says in the November issue of Vanity Fair. "I have to. I mean, it's not for me... At this point, it's for my kids. It's ridiculous, yeah, yeah. But ultimately is it for me? No. No. It's for the kids." Depp has two children, Lilly-Rose and Jack, with partner Vanessa Paradis.

Since taking on the role of Captain Jack Sparrow, Depp has become one of Hollywood's most sought-after, and highest-salaried, actors, although last year he ranked a mere second on Forbes' annual list of Highest Paid Actors. He says he was once so broke, he would attend Scientology study groups just for the $3 fee. "I went to a bunch, man," the actor says. "It was great. It was so fantastic."

The occasion for Depp's cover story interview is not another 'Pirates' movie, but his new film, 'The Rum Diary,' which hits theaters Oct. 28.

It's a movie that apparently wouldn't have happened without Depp, who was pals with writer Hunter S. Thompson. Depp tells the magazine he was researching his role as Thompson in the 1998 movie 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' by hanging with with the writer at his Las Vegas home. That's when they discovered the manuscript for 'The Rum Diary' in Thompson's basement in a scenario that sounds like something from TV's 'Buried Treasure.' (Or, possibly, 'Hoarders,' given what we imagine the state of Thompson's basement might have been.)

"I pulled it out... I was like 'What is this?' Hunter was like, "Oh, sh-t, 'The Rum Diary' ... Hunter didn't know it was there," Depp says.

[via Vanity Fair]
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