In an appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman this week, relays the time that a horse saved his life.
The lovable thesp was thrown from the animal while shooting for his upcoming Western movie The Lone Ranger, but he believes the strong bond he forged with the creature made it react instinctively to ensure his fall wasn't as bad as it could have been. Depp was back in the saddle in no time - ready to stirrup some more trouble (sorry).
Depp, who plays The Lone Ranger's Native American sidekick Tonto, said: "When I look at the tape I can see that Scout saved my life. I went down badly and I was dragged for 25 yards and in the end the horse just jumped over me and clipped me with his back legs." Phew!
Here's his recollection:
The Lone Ranger opens in theaters on July 3rd, 2013. Anxious to see Depp hamming it up wildly in another eccentric role?