At the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, fans honored actor Johnny Depp with the biggest distinction of the night, the MTV Generation Award, a sort of crowning of all his achievements so far.
He joked that it was also a sign that he should think of retiring already.
Video of his acceptance speech is below, embedded at the end of this post.
Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith presented him with the award, right after he performed with The Black Keys, as we also reported
A visibly emotional Depp thanked the fans for the honor bestowed on him, referring not just to the award but also to the chance of sharing the same stage with such legends.
“I've got to thank MTV for this. This is quite an amazing honor, truly. It's like the Get-Out-Of-The-Business Award, 'All right, you've done too much.' Clearly, based on the clips, there's something wrong with me,” Depp said.
“I just thank you very much. And it's an honor to be presented by these two legends, Steve and Joe, and these up and coming legends, [The Black Keys], so thank you very much,” he added.