‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ Producer Explains Jack Sparrow’s Appeal

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth film in Disney’s Pirates franchise, hits theaters this weekend. Whether you like the films or not, they make money, and a big reason for that is Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow.

At the film’s press day, producer Jerry Bruckheimer stated that, for him, Jack Sparrow is the reason they keep making these films. The producer attributes the character’s success to Depp having played such a large role in shaping the character himself:

“He shaped it all on his own. I wish I could say that I helped him shape it, but I didn’t. That would be a lie. What happened was that he had just had his daughter, and his daughter and he were watching a lot of cartoons, so he zeroed in on Pepe LePew, who he thought was a lot of fun. And Keith Richards was a friend of his, so a combination of the two became Jack Sparrow. He’s been on sea for so long that he’s constantly moving, like a ship. That’s how he came up with that. When you hear him describe how he created the character, it’s really fun to listen to. They didn’t know if he was drunk or gay. It was quite an issue, on the first film. When you make a movie about a theme park ride, people wonder if you’re insane.”

“But then, when the media saw the movie, they were in shock. They couldn’t believe how this character could be so fresh and interesting, and you have to hand it to Disney to let him go and create this character.”

We’ll have to wait and see this time around if audiences can separate Depp’s professional life from his recent personal issues.

Directed by Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning, the film stars Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Geoffrey Rush, David Wenham, Paul McCartney, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley. Here is the official synopsis:

Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), 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.

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales hits theaters May 26, 2017.

Source: Collider

Top 10 Movie Trailers From This Summer That Will Fire You Up

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TrailersEvery year, an avalanche of trailers, teasers, TV spots flood the Internet, trying to grab the attention of busy and overstimulated audiences. It’s gotten to the point where now, trailers are such a commodity, that the trailers themselves have teasers. There’s a reason: trailers, when they’re good, can be an artform all their own.

I love trailers, being the guy who is always rushing his friends and family to the theater early “so we don’t miss the previews.” Every summer, I make a YouTube playlist of my favorites that acts as my own personal radio station because frankly, sometimes, I vibe more to how the trailer is cut than the music in it or, in bad cases, the movies themselves when I finally catch them on-screen. It’s gotten to the point that I imagine and dream in a trailer format, with music setting the pace for a smash-cut of scenes that I want to write or just enjoy the fantasy of.

If you love a good trailer like I love a good trailer, this list is for you. Here’s what I consider the top 10 trailers for the summer 2017. Click Next to start!

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Jeff Grantz

Jeff Grantz

Jeff Grantz is an Atlanta-based writer, filmmaker and host of The Amazing Nerdiverse Podcast (on iTunes and YouTube).