“ – He was a fun character. It’s really
been a fun character. Bring him to life is my favorite part.”– Johnny Depp
16 years ago, today (July 9), “Pirates if
the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” was released on the USA theaters. 5 months
later, In December, the DVD was released with a lot of extra content and one of
them was “Becoming Jack Sparrow”, an almost 8 minutes interview with Johnny and
cast talking about the character.
Man… He f*cking loved this character…
Johnny Depp is and always will be our Captain Jack Sparrow…
“Well, well. Jack Sparrow, isn’t it?” “Captain Jack Sparrow, if you please,
15 years ago, today
(July 9), the first installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”
sailed to the theaters. The film’s world premiere was held at Disneyland Park
in Anaheim, California on June 28, 2003 and as usual, many of the film’s stars were in attendance. Two weeks later it was released in USA
and Canada. The film, inspired by and partly based on the Pirates of the
Caribbean attractions, first unveiled at Disneyland in 1967, effectively ended
the ‘Pirate movie curse’ that was believed to be in effect since the mid-1970s,
when movies failed to make a profit. Media expectations for Pirates of the
Caribbean were understandably low at first, but it became a world-wide artistic
and commercial success. It received generally positive reviews from critics and
was an unexpected success, grossing over $654 million worldwide, with many
considering it to be the best entry in the series.
> Synopsis: Pirates
of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is the thrilling high-seas
adventure with a mysterious twist that started it all. The roguish yet charming
Captain Jack Sparrow’s pirate life capsizes after his nemesis, the wily Captain
Barbossa, steals his ship, the Black Pearl, and later attacks the town of Port
Royal, kidnapping the Governor’s beautiful daughter, Elizabeth. In a gallant
attempt to rescue her and recapture the Black Pearl, Elizabeth’s childhood
friend Will Turner joins forces with Jack. What Will doesn’t know is that a
cursed treasure has doomed Barbossa and his crew to live forever as the undead.
In Italia the title is “The Curse of
the First Moon”, without the “Pirates of the Caribbean” at the
beginning. And in Germany the movie’s title was also changed for “Curse of the
Johnny improvised a lot of lines for the movie: The catch phrase,
the film’s last lines “Bring me
that horizon” (which was conceived on the day the scene was filmed), and the
various “eunuch” lines and even his ambiguous accent (that’s meant to show he’s traveled the world) were also all improvised by him.
Johnny wore contact lenses, which served as sunglasses
to protected his eyes against sunlight (most scenes were filmed on location
under very strong sunshine). They didn’t change his eye color much, but if you
look closer in some scenes his eyes is darker than usual.
Clothing and smears of charcoal were used to
conceal Johnny’s numerous tattoos. The “Jack Sparrow” tattoo on
his arm in the movie was fake, but he tattooed for real after finishing the
movie, in honor of his son Jack Depp.
Johnny wanted Jack Sparrow to have no nose
and be afraid of silly things like pepper and the common cold. Disney rejected the
idea, but accept the gold teeth idea. Johnny told his dentist to implant the gold
teeth as a bargaining tool. Sometimes he used to forget to remove after filming.
There is a small scab on Jack Sparrow’s chin
that gets bigger and bigger throughout the movie. The make-up artist and Johnny did it on purpose as a prank.
The characterization of Sparrow was inspired Pepé
Le Pew, a fictional character from the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie
Melodies, and also by close observation of his friend Keith Richards from
Rolling Stones, though he emphasized in interviews that it was not an
Johnny won the Screen Actors Guild Award for
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role.
When production wrapped, many of the people
who worked on the film, including Johnny, picked props out from the treasure
cave to take home. According to Verbinski, not a single one of the cursed coins
was left behind.
Johnny Depp was really steering the ship in
the film. According to him, he wasn’t told beforehand
that he would actually be steering the ship, and was took by surprise.
* Actors who almost became the Captain
Jack Sparrow before Johnny Depp:
Hugh Jackman, Robert De Niro, Matthew McConaughey, Cary Elwes, Rik Mayall, Christopher Walken, Michael Keaton and even Jim Carrey.
The film was such a success, that Disney
closed their Pirates of the Caribbean attractions at Disneyland, California and
Walt Disney World, Florida to update them. They weren’t even thinking about a sequel or a franchise.
* As Jack Sparrow’s crew arrive at Isla de
Muerta, Cotton’s parrot says “Dead men tell no tales” which is the
name of the fifth installment released 14 years later.
There is some different versions of the
movie: – The “Collector’s Edition DVD”, has 19 deleted/extended scenes. – The Disney Channel Version was edited and removed a lot of the most gruesome
words. Some of the most notable differences include
removing close up shots of a moving skeleton arm, a close up of a fork stuck
into a pirate’s (fake) eye, and virtually all instances of the monkey in
skeleton form is also gone (including the post-credit bit). Captain Jack
Sparrow’s profanity language was either looped over or re-dubbed using alternate words taking from other scenes to replace the curse words. – The BBC Version was edited for violence, for
example: When Will Turner threw an axe on a pirates back the impact and the
sound of the pirate screaming was removed as well as the part where
will Turner removed the axe from the pirate’s back. Even though, all profanity is fully
intact in the BBC version. – In China it was denied a release due to references to ghosts, the supernatural,
and the afterlife.
Happy 16th anniversary for the “
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”. On this day (July 9), Johnny debuted as Captain Jack Sparrow sailing to the theaters and becoming one of the most famous characters ever. We miss so much this old times…
Captain Jack Sparrow wishes you a Happy Donuts Day!
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”, Captain Jack Sparrow was so lost in his hallucinations while he was in Davy Jones’ Locker, that amid hallucinating with various versions of himself, he swears had licked some donuts… Legend has it, that when he came back he shout: “WHY IS THE DONUTS GONE!?”
“Pirate’s life! ~ Captain Jack Sparrow raises a glass of rum”
HAPPY FIRST ANNIVERSARY! Today, one year ago (May 26th), was released worldwide the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, the “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” aka “Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge”. Initially planned for a 2015 release, the film was delayed to 2016 and then to 2017, after 6 years of development hell, due to script and budget issues.
> Synopsis: Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.
* Again, for the second time (the last should have been “At the World’s End), this movie was initially claimed to be the last one in the series, but a sixth installment was announced after its release.
* This is the shortest running time of all the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films. And the largest gap between the Pirates of the Caribbean films (6 years).
* In the Pirates of the Caribbean films, this is the movie with the most kind of souvenirs released worldwide. On theaters you could buy the tickets with exclusive souvenirs such as cups, popcorn tubs (even in treasure box version), t-shirts, bottles and posters.
* Johnny injured his hand while filming in Australia, but it didn’t take place on set. Then, he had to make a trip back to the U.S. for a surgery and for two weeks the producers had to finish all they could do without Depp.
Update 1: Three years later, was found that Johnny had his finger injured after Amber Heard, thrown a bottle of vodka on him. While the first didn’t hit his head, the second hit his hand and made Johnny pass through 3 surgeries, was infected three times, and could have died or lost his hand or arm due to it.
Update 2: Although filming after the surgeries, using protections on his finger, and working with pain, Johnny didn’t gave up or shared his pain to public and kept attending fans, visiting hospitals and filming.
Update 2: Johnny lost his role as Captain Jack Sparrow few days after his ex-wife, Ms. Heard published her piece in the Washington Post in 2018, talking about being a public survivor of abuse – which is now know as fake, once she is the abuser and Johnny the victim.
* The whole crew and cast members were forced to cover the camera lenses on all mobile phones with duct tape to prevent the film from being pirated before its release. While filming the producers also changed the movie name to prevent fans from interfering.
Ps: When I went to watch the movie, I think I was the only one to laugh so hard when Captain Jack Sparrow’s uncle told the skeleton joke: “A skeleton walks into a bar, orders a beer and a mop…”. Funny as ever and I almost choked on my soda. (ᗒᗜᗕ)՛̵̖ LOL . Update 3: Also, this joke was first told 21 years earlier during the production of “Donnie Brasco” and who told was Al Pacino.
Update 4: Although was unknown if the Pirates of the Caribbean would have a sequel, last year (2018) they were planning to make a reboot of the movie, with a new adventure with other characters where Captain Jack Sparrow will not be present. Kevin McNally, who plays Gibbs on the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, answered a fan, saying that the reboot is a “complete invention” and few months later the reboot idea was shelved or even canceled.
Happy Second Anniversary for “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”
This should be a day to celebration, but after knowing all the things that Johnny suffered… It’s a sad. Keep sharing the truth, and let’s make Johnny returns to his favorite character!
, 11 years
ago, was released the third installment in the
Pirates of the Caribbean film series. “Pirates of
the Caribbean: At World’s End”. As usual, premiered at Disneyland in Anaheim, California in May 19 with the tickets costing $1,500, but the proceeds were going to the Make-a-Wish Foundation charity. On May 22 the film sailed to Bahrain and
Kuwait, followed by European and Eastern releases on May 23, and UK and US
releases on May 24 and May 25 respectively. China was the last country to
receive the film, opening on June 12 with more than 10 minutes censored. “At
World’s End” was a box office hit, becoming the most successful film of 2007,
with over $960 million worldwide.
> Synopsis: Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann join forces with
Capt. Barbossa to free Jack Sparrow from Davy Jones’ locker. Meanwhile, the
crew of The Flying Dutchman ghost ship wreak havoc on the Seven Seas. The
friends must navigate through dangerous waters to confront infamous Chinese
pirate Sao Feng and, ultimately, they must choose sides in a battle wherein the
pirate life hangs in the balance.
* It is in the top five of the most expensive film ever made.
The first name of Captain Barbossa, Hector, was accidentally given by Depp. In the commentary for “Pirates of theCaribbean – The Curse of the Black Pearl”, he jokingly
said that Barbossa’s name was Hector. This comment was misinterpreted by fans
to be the character’s actual name, and the writers had no choice, but to
include it in the franchise.
As usual, Depp’s agenda was so busy that while filming, he
was practicing his singing for Sweeney Todd.
Depp takes 33 minutes into the film to finally appear.
Originally this should have been the final installment
in the series.
Johnny confessed had cried after the end of filming,
because he thought Captain Jack Sparrow franchise wouldn’t be continued, once there
wasn’t any confirmation of a sequel.
In the multiples Captain Jack Sparrow scene, there are
two little Jacks hanging on his dreadlocks. Both was filmed in a large scale
hanging dreadlock with no stunts.
The Chinese version was censored due to the
“vilifying and defacing the Chinese people.” Chow Yun-Fat’s screen time was
cut to ten minutes. Among the parts taken out was the “Welcome to
Singapore” line, because it hints that Singapore is the land of pirates
Happy 12th Anniversary for the “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”!!!