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What happens when an actor turns 50? Ask Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp turned 50 on June 9. That might be an even bigger deal than his starring as Tonto in “The Lone Ranger,” which reunites Depp with Gore Verbinski, the director of the first three “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies.

True, “Ranger,” which opens Wednesday, cost $250 million. That’s tempting a lot of financial fate. But Depp reaching the half-century mark might be tempting fate even more. It confronts us with what’s been most distinctive about him as actor and movie star.

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