Los Angeles: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star Johnny Depp who is set to return as Captain Jack Sparrow for a fifth time, finds the popular character an "occupational hazard".

The 47-year-old Hollywood actor says that playing the 'swashbuckling buccaneer' has become like second nature and he could appear at almost any time, a newspaper reported.

"It happens pretty organically, he comes right back - he just sort of arrives, he's actually never too far from the surface, that's one thing, that's maybe an occupational hazard in terms of being an actor that all these characters you play do exist inside there somewhere. But he's fun to play," the actor said.

Depp has played the character in four films and admits that the reason he keeps returning to the character is its universal appeal.
"I get a real kick out of, you know, you meet kids of five, six, seven years old and you meet people of 80, 85. They all take away something from the films and from the character, and that's just such a boost," Depp added.

The actor also feels there is a lot of room to develop the character further.

"For me as an actor, it just feels like there's a lot more with the character that I can do, it feels limitless in a way," Depp said.
A script for a fifth film in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' series is already with Disney and Producer Jerry Bruckheimer says he is keen to make another episode.

But Depp reportedly wants to take a break before returning for another adventure story.

(Agencies)