Keith Richards in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
Johnny Depp was inspired in part by Keith Richards to play Jack Sparrow
Keith Richards was then hired by Disney to play Captain Teague, the father of Jack Sparrow
Captain Teague appears in Pirates of the Caribbean 3 and 4
But also rejuvenated in the No.5, played by Alexander Scheer
In Pirates of the Caribbean, another music star played a pirate: Paul McCartney
And did you know that his character, Captain Teague, appeared in the 5th film, in a young version?
W9 continues programming Pirates of the Caribbean, this evening, with the broadcast of the third part, Till the end of the world, released at the cinema in 2007. The final part directed by Gore Verbinski does not lack interest, between its action scenes and its visual effects always so impressive (our article on the Davy Jones can be read here), its impeccable cast and its original scriptwriting ideas (the very dark opening with the hanged men or the mystical sequences with Johnny Depp, his doubles and the crabs are rather ambitious for a Disney production!). This third film also marks the arrival of a long-awaited star in the saga, Keith richards, than Johnny Depp had taken as a model to create his famous pirate. The Rolling Stones guitarist just plays Captain Teague, who turns out to be Jack Sparrow’s dad as the plot unfolds. A huge wink from Depp to his musician friend, which could have happened much earlier in the saga, since the actor was trying to make him cast in the saga from the second film …
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As soon as the first part comes out, The Curse of the Black Pearl, Johnny Depp had already cited Keith Richards as one of his sources of inspiration to create Jack. He explained that he associated piracy with the rock spirit, dear to the guitarist (“I immediately thought that the pirates were the rockstars of the time”, he says in the bonus dvd of the first film), and he already revealed to have stung some physical details, like his taste for the charms hung in the hair, each one having its own history (a jewel obtained during a family vacation or during a Rolling Stones tour, for example). This detail helped build the character of Sparrow, who also traveled a lot and perpetually built his legend, and it was also through his costume that Keith slipped into the character’s skin. From 2005, one year before the release of the Secret of the Cursed Chest, Depp had already proposed to producer Jerry Bruckheimer to hire Richards, and the two men had even made costume fittings in July of the same year with Penny Rose, the film’s costume designer. “He was dying to be a pirate!, told the latter during the release of the third film. He even wanted to keep the costume on for a night out. I think he liked this fitting very much. “
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A cameo noticed
This session having been discovered by the press, the rumor quickly spread that he would play Jack’s father in a cameo from this second part, at the cinema in 2006, but it was finally in Till the end of the world that Captain Teague appears. In June 2006, Keith officially signed with Gore Verbinski to shoot his scenes in September, but his participation was not yet entirely certain, as he had been seriously injured a few months earlier, in April 2006, falling from ‘a coconut tree. This fall having led to an operation, he could not confirm his participation in the team until the last minute. His first scene to be shot was that of the Reunion of the Pirates, organized by Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), which comes quite late in the plot. A long sequence to put in a box, but which marked the whole team, detailed Depp in the press release accompanying the film’s release: “Seeing him arrive on the set, it was a hell of an experience! Everyone came running, even members of the team that we had not seen for several months.” Jerry Bruckheimer confirms that the presence of the Rolling Stones star had its effect, and that he himself was having a lot of fun: “He didn’t want to leave the set anymore, he hung out there between takes. I think he kept his chair from the shoot as a souvenir, by the way. And his costume? I hope he took it, in any case.”
Note that during this scene, Keith Richards starts playing the guitar, performing a tune he himself composed, “Only Founded Out Yesterday”. It is obviously a nod to his “true” career as a musician, and the title does not appear in Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack.
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Did you know that a first version of the script gave Keith Richards a sequence from the start of the film? Right after the opening scene with the hanged, in fact, he was to be discovered saddened by hearing the news of the execution of the pirates in Port Royal. The story has finally been revamped, and Edward Teague appears later, with a more shattering entry. If he had been unveiled in the press, his relationship to Jack is not clearly established in this third film: even if he calls Jack “boy” Where “Jackie”, talks to him in a familiar way and shows him the shrunken head of his mother, it is only in the following, The fountain of Youth, that the duo address each other by calling each other “dad” and “son”. Keith had also had fun with this exchange during the press conference of the fourth part, in 2011. He also confirmed that it was by putting on the costume that he had immediately found the character, and that the excellent reception of the team had allowed him to feel at ease on such big productions. “You watch him slowly appear in the mirror and then, before you even know it, you’re Captain Teague. Keith Richards is missing! Teague is a very interesting character because he is directly related to his costume: as soon as you wear all the paraphernalia, you become him – it’s stronger than you! So that really makes it easier for me because as soon as I’m on set I become Captain Teague. Give me a pair of pistols and a saber, and let’s go! Boarding! “
For The fountain of Youth, Keith was confirmed to the cast in April 2010, then he shot his short scenes with Johnny Depp at Pinewood Studios, England. For a while, the presence of another member of the Stones, Mick Jagger, was also mentioned, but in the end, the singer was unable to free himself for the shoot. Note that at the same time, Johnny Depp had announced that he wanted to shoot a documentary on Keith Richards. After having directed several clips (notably for his ex-partner Vanessa Paradis), as well as a short film on John Frusciante (the ex-guitarist of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers), and a fictional feature with Marlon Brando, The Brave, he wanted to work again with a close friend. However, ten years later, this draft docu has not been released. Did Depp give it up? Or postponed? Mystery.
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A facelift in n ° 5 and a Beatles in the cast
Until 2014, it was believed that Keith Richards would return in The Revenge of Salazar, the fifth installment of the saga, the person having himself expressed his desire to re-enter the saga. Finally taken by a tour of the Stones, he is not in the film, even if Captain Teague is there, rejuvenated during a flashback scene: it is Alexander Scheer who lends him his features for a short time.
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Finally, another renowned musician is at the rendezvous in this suite: Paul McCartney. The Beatles singer also appears in cameo in the skin of a pirate imprisoned, who immediately recognizes Sparrow, familiarly nicknamed him “Jackie Boy”. We understand during their exchange that he is none other than his uncle. A Rolling Stones dad, a Beatles uncle, Jack Sparrow is definitely a rock’n’roll character!
Trailer of Till the end of the world :
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