Pirates of the Caribbean: “When I wrote the character of Jack Sparrow, I had Hugh Jackman in mind”

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Pirates of the Caribbean : "While writing the character of Jack Sparrow, I had Hugh Jackman in mind"
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Pirates of the Caribbean : "While writing the character of Jack Sparrow, I had Hugh Jackman in mind"
Pirates of the Caribbean Jack Sparrow
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Pirates of the Caribbean Jack Sparrow
Pirates of the Caribbean Jack Sparrow
Pirates of the Caribbean Jack Sparrow
Pirates of the Caribbean Jack Sparrow

Johnny Depp was not (at all) Disney’s first choice!

The first part of Pirates of the Caribbean returns tonight on W9. A look back at the creation of this very successful adventure film signed Gore Verbinski, and especially on that of his iconic character, Jack Sparrow. We know, it was not easy!

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By the early 2000s, the pirate movie genre was definitely out of fashion, and when producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Top Gun, Armageddon…) Wanted to shoot a feature film of the famous attraction of the studio, it has suffered a lot of criticism. By revealing which actor he dreamed of hiring, even the pundits of the firm hesitated. They were reluctant to see Johnny Depp, leading actor of indie films and roles “weird” (Edward Scissorhand Ed Wood etc.), become the star of their blockbuster, which they hoped to turn into a saga if the first part was a success.

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I really wanted Johnny, Bruckheimer explained to Jimmy Kimmel, in 2016. The idea of ​​making an attraction-based pirate movie sounded like crazy, and the press was unleashed against us when we announced the project. The idea was to take someone who was going completely the opposite of what you might expect. At the time, Johnny was considered an actor in artistic films like Edward of the Silver Hands. We thought that by choosing it, the public would have a very different idea of ​​the film. I went to see him in France, I showed him storyboards, we designed the film sets for him, and he thought it was very cool. He had just had a daughter, Lily-Rose. And he wanted to make a movie for her“.

Yet while writing the role, screenwriter Stuart Beattie envisioned another comedian in pirate costume: “While writing the character of Jack Sparrow, I had Hugh Jackman in mind”, he revealed in 2010. This one was not engaged, but he was already very successful thanks to another saga, X-Men, in which he played Wolverine since 2000. He eventually starred in Australia (2008), written by Beattie, and most importantly, he was treated to his extravagant pirate incarnation some time later, in 2015, under the direction of Joe Wright: in Pan, Hugh plays the legendary Blackbeard facing Garrett Hedlund as a young Hook.

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At the time when the screenwriter made this revelation, Johnny Depp was back on his side on his hiring “forced” by disney in Vanity Fair. Amusing the fact that he was inspired by Keith Richards and Pepe the Polecat to bring his anti-hero to life, he detailed that if the big-eared studio boss, Dick Cook, had come to trust Bruckheimer, around him, some “couldn’t stand” his interpretation “bigger than life” of Jack. A manager even asked him if his character was gay, to which Depp replied: “All of my characters are gay!”

Despite all these tensions behind the scenes, Verbinski succeeded in his Curse of the Black Pearl, concocting an entertaining and visually impressive adventure film. Promise kept: Pirates of the Caribbean effectively allowed the actor to let go, and it paid off since he knew a big box office success. Depp then reprized the role regularly, until the fifth episode, in 2017, even thoughhe was reluctant to give up the franchise in 2009, when Dick Cook left Disney: “Everything will depend on the quality of the script, but my enthusiasm for this project is now severely weighed down”, he let go in full preparation of The fountain of Youth. Today affected by various scandals (he would have hit his ex-wife Amber Heard, would be heavily in debt and alcoholic), the actor was finally ousted from the saga: the sixth episode is written without him, in the form of a reboot.

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