Please be aware that this article contains MAJOR SPOILERS from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
If you’ve already seen the most recent Pirates of the Caribbean film, titled Dead Men Tell No Tales, then you know that Captain Hector Barbossa gets a pretty big surprise near the very end of the film. It turns out that he was Carina Smyth’s father all along and didn’t know.
Geoffrey Rush, who’s played Barbossa in all five films, spoke with Cinema Blend and said that he actually liked that there was this “surprising secret” about his character that was only recently revealed, just before he gave his life to save her.
It’s a bit like the Dickens novels that, episode by episode, happen over a long period of time and the readers have a contribution to it. I liked that there was a kind of surprising secret from the past that he’s obviously been sitting on and I kind of looked back on the other four films to go, if I had that knowledge, if the writers hadn’t come up with that surprise background secret in his life it all made sense. And I thought ‘gee maybe that’s where Jack the monkey came from’ it’s a repressed memory that’s found a substitute. Everything made sense.
Geoffrey Rush was pretty happy in general regarding the fact that he got to play several different versions of Barbossa throughout the franchise.
Yeah and even though I wasn’t playing those notions. But because he’s always been such a transformational character. He’s become a politician, he’s worked for the King, and now he’s a corporate CEO with a vulgarity of wealth, having that slightly more vain narcissistic ruthless survivor character to confront a vulnerability or some hidden emotional core was really great to play in the landscape, the tone, the scale, the big brushstrokes that these stories require.
It’s sad that Barbossa’s story had to end the way it did, but it’s good to know that at least Rush liked the way it went.
Directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales stars Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Kaya Scodelario, Brenton Thwaites, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush and Keira Knightley.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is now playing in theaters.
Source: Cinema Blend