If you’re like me, you were on board the Johnny Depp train before it was cool. Maybe it was Edward Scissorhands that moved you, or Gilbert Grape or maybe it wasn’t until Ed Wood, but you knew he was one of the greatest unappreciated actors.

Then Pirates of the Caribbean came along and made hundreds of millions of dollars. Then they made two sequels and he made blockbuster remakes of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland, and now there’s a fourth Pirates. Depp is really sorry about all this money.

“It’s not my fault,” Depp joked at the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides press conference. “I did my best, even to the point of trying to get fired from the first film, but they just couldn’t bring themselves to do it.”

That’s true. Depp’s insistence on Jack Sparrow’s look caused major conflict with the Disney brass. Now who’s bad! [post-video postid="202700"]

As for the box office clout, well, maybe there’s still a Donnie Brasco in Depp somewhere. “It’s interesting to experience that kind of ride, after essentially 20 years of enjoying a career based on failures,” he continued. “Suddenly, something clicks. The weird thing is that I never changed a thing. The process is still the process, as it ever was. The fact that people decided to go and see a movie that I was in was probably the most shocking thing that I’ve ever been through.”

So don’t go see Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides this Friday. Or see it, whatever. It’s all the same to him.