Although his career is on hiatus, Johnny Depp is one of the most successful actors in Hollywood. Throughout his career he has played a large number of characters, some of which have become iconic. One of them is Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean saga.
There is no doubt that the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is one of the most successful that Disney has had. Inspired by the popular House of Mouse theme park attraction, the first installment Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was released in 2004.
Instantly, the film became a box office hit, and Captain Jack Sparrow became a beloved character. This performance earned Depp an Oscar nomination. But the reality is that, while many fans have enjoyed the acclaimed film, Depp revealed that he never saw the first installment of Pirates of the Caribbean.
Johnny Depp como Jack Sparrow
In recent days, Depp has made headlines again for the defamation trial he is carrying out against his ex-wife Amber Heard. During the last hours, the actor took the stand to offer his version of the facts of his relationship with Heard, as well as other aspects of his life.
“Johnny Depp just said in court that he never saw the first PIRATES movie. Remember, he was nominated for an Oscar for that movie. Just a baller move right there,” wrote Matthew Belloni, founder of Puck News on his Twitter.
It should be noted that although this information is not relevant to the development of the trial, it is still a surprising revelation. After all, the actor played the character in five feature films in the saga: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006), Pirates of the Caribbean: In the End of the world (2007), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (2017).
Depp continues to testify in defamation trial
He also added: “They did not take my character out of the attractions.” “They did not stop selling Captain Jack Sparrow dolls. They didn’t stop selling anything. They just didn’t want there to be something behind me that they could find,” Depp lashed out, in relation to being left out of the saga.
It should be remembered that in 2020, Depp lost a libel suit against the British newspaper The Sun after the media outlet published a story featuring allegations by Heard that Depp was abusive.
As a result, the interpreter was left out of the aforementioned Pirates of the Caribbean, as well as Fantastic Animals, where he played the villain Gellert Grindewald.
What will happen to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and Johnny Depp?
Following Depp’s departure, Disney stated its intentions to continue developing the franchise. In 2020, a new film in the saga was announced that would be led by Margot Robbie, with a script by Christina Hodson (Birds of Prey). Since then no further progress has been reported around the franchise.
The franchise would continue with new characters
As for Johnny Depp, the actor stated during his statement in court that he has no intention of stepping back into the shoes of Jack Sparrow. As he testified, his attorney consulted him: “The fact is, Mr. Depp, if Disney came to you with $300 million and a million alpacas, would nothing on earth make you go back and work with Disney on a ‘ Pirates of the Caribbean’? Right?” the lawyer asked. To which Depp replied: “That’s true, Mr. Rottenborn.”
It is clear that Depp’s days as Captain Jack are history, but it remains to be seen what will happen to his career. At the moment we have to wait for the development of the trial. If it turns out favourable, the actor could have a chance in the future. But if he loses it, he can hardly return to acting, making it almost certain that no major movie studio wants to take him.
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