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Captain Jack is Back

Published June 26, 2006 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Disney.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Pirates of the Caribbean
Even before audiences fell in love with Captain Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp knew he wanted to play him again. For the first time, Depp not only stars in a sequel, but a trilogy. “I just feel like I’m not done,” Depp said. “I just feel like there are more things you could do. Because, I suppose, with a character like this, the parameters are a little broader, so there are more possibilities I think. And he’s a fun character to play. I was really not looking forward to saying goodbye to him.”

Johnny Depp on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest


Because of his ability to make any character his own, Depp turned the part of a rogue pirate into a cultural icon so memorable, the out of work actors on Hollywood Boulevard dress up as him. But Depp says he doesn’t just go wildly off script.

“I think with everything you do, you have the basic structure, you have your basic bones and a solid foundation. But with every one, you do your best to kind of explore it as much as possible while you’re shooting. It could be something that comes to you, like sometimes it just comes to me when I’m reading a script. A line will just come to me and I’ll incorporate it into the thing and obviously run it by Ted and Terry and Gore and the other actors certainly. So it can happen that way or it can just happen in the spur of the moment which is more fun in a way, when something just happens because if you feel it and you do it in a big, wide master shot, it alters the rhythm for a second and it kind of throws the thing, takes the bottom out from under you for a second which is quite fun because you sort of see honest reactions all around. People panic for a second, and that kind of panic is fun and I think important, good for you.”



Depp never did his work to please others. Lack of financial or critical success never phased him, but it is pretty extreme validation to see his risk become a blockbuster. “I’ve said for a long time: I for the most part had in terms of commercial success or box office bonanzas, I had about 20 years of sort of studio defined failures. To me they were all great successes because we got them done. In terms of what struck a chord with Pirates, I said for a long time and I really believe that studios were underestimating the intelligence of the audience or their needs. I mean, you go to the movies to be stimulated certainly, but you don’t go to the movies to know what the end is going to be. You want to be stimulated so I think that it was such a kind of different angle, that film, that people were ready for that kind of thing. That hyper kind of realism, the action sequences were insane. It wasn’t something they’ve seen all that much I think. I believe that’s what it was.”

There’s one more Pirates movie coming, and based on the first two, there’s no telling what’s in store. “Ted and Terry, the writers, and Gore, what they were able to do on the first one and then taking that to what they’ve done now with the second one and then going into the third, it’s pretty amazing. We’re getting close to just even stretching the boundaries a bit more.”

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest opens to theatres everywhere on July 7th, 2006.

For pics, movie stills, posters, trailers, TV spot, early review, movie info and synopsis, go to the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.


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