Good old Johnny Depp – he's spent all of his life studiously avoiding any kind of cash-cow commercial blockbuster movie, instead preferring to explore the nooks of less mainstream fare to tremendous effect.
Until now, that is. This Summer, you'll be able to see Johnny Depp chew more scenery than you thought could be humanly capable in Pirates Of The Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest, potentially one of this year's biggest box-office draws. And now that he's realised just how rich he can get from doing a Keith Richards impression, Johnny Depp wants to keep churning out Pirates Of The Caribbean films until the end of time.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl shouldn't have been a box office hit in 2003. This is because the sum of its parts were a rubbish themepark ride, two young actors who are a thousand times more slappable than they are talented and the bloke from This Life. Would you see a film about, say, Professor Burp's Bubbleworks? No, and you'd be less likely to if it had sodding Orlando Bloom in it as well.
The reason that the Pirates Of The Caribbean movie did well was Johnny Depp. If he hadn't have acted all drunk and English as Captain Jack Sparrow, the film would have been a disaster. And it's Depp that's made pirates more popular than their traditional competition of cowboys, dinosaurs, robots and ninjas, too. Even though robots are very obviously cooler.
After Pirates Of The Caribbean 2 has knocked the competition dead this summer, Pirates Of The Caribbean 3 will most likely do the same this time next year, since both movies were filmed back to back. But three pirate movies aren't enough for Johnny Depp – he wants to make at least double. In an interview with Newsweek, Depp said:
"He's a blast to play. I'll be in a deep, dark depression saying goodbye to him. I'll keep the costume and just prance around the house, entertain the kids. Maybe 'Pirates 4, 5 and 6'. If they had a good script, why not? I mean, at a certain point, the madness must stop, but for the moment, I can't say that he's done."
Since the world and its wife knows the inspiration for Captain Jack Sparrow, is it too much to expect that Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 is all about Jack Sparrow falling out of a tree and then having a drill rammed into his brain?
[story by Stuart Heritage]