JDeppPirates050711_09_X17230WM.jpgJohnny Depp is now apologizing for a recent comment he made to Vanity Fair in which he compared having his photograph taken ... to being raped.

The actor has issued the following apology:

    "It was a poor choice of words on my part in an effort to explain a feeling. I understand there is no comparison and I am very regretful. In an effort to correct my lack of judgment, please accept my heartfelt apology."

In the VF interview, the Pirates of the Caribbean star had said being photographed "feel[s] like you're being raped somehow. Raped ... It feels like a kind of weird -- just weird, man."