"Basically, if they're going to pay me the stupid money right now, I'm going to take it," he confesses in the magazine's November issue. "I have to. I mean, it's not for me. Do you know what I mean? At this point, it's for my kids."
But that's not all! Writer Nick Tosches, a longtime friend of Depp's, reveals in his article that the "Pirates of the Caribbean" high-roller is "the same old Johnny" who once pumped gas to make a living and -- prepare to have your MIND BLOWN -- also joined Scientology study groups because they paid $3 per session.
"I went to a bunch man," Depp muses. "It was so great, it was so fantastic."