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Johnny Depp Admits He's Overpaid, Compares Being Photographed to Rape

| by Michael Allen

Johnny Depp says in the November issue of Vanity Fair that he's overpaid to star in 'Pirates of the Caribbean,' for which he's reportedly earned more than $300 million.

Depp said: “Basically, if they’re going to pay me the stupid money right now, I’m going to take it. I have to. I mean, it’s not for me. Do you know what I mean? 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.”

But he also tells the magazine that there's "a part of me that needs to have this kind of stimulation to the brain." Depp has come a long way from attending Scientology gatherings for $3 a meeting. “I went to a bunch, man. It was so great, it was so fantastic."

He's excited about his next film, 'The Rum Diary,' which hits theaters on Oct. 28. He was researching his 1998 movie 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' with Hunter S. Thompson when they discovered the manuscript for 'The Rum Diary' in Thompson's basement: "I pulled it out. I was like ‘What is this?’ Hunter was like, 'Oh, s--t, The Rum Diary' ... Hunter didn’t know it was there."

Depp also talks to the magazine about posing for photoshoots: "Well, you just feel like you’re being raped somehow. Raped. It feels like a kind of weird, just weird, man. But whenever you have a photo shoot or something like that, it’s like, you just feel dumb. It’s just so stupid.”