Johnny Depp Discusses Pirates 4 ... and 5 and 6
05.06.11 by Ryan
Entering the summer fray at the end of the month is Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. The previous three movies have been a multi-billion dollar industry for Disney, so there's really no surprise that a fifth and sixth installment were reported to be in the works at the end of last year. A month later, screenwriter Terry Rossio, who co-wrote all four Pirates movies with Ted Elliot, was hired to write a fifth Pirates.
As for the movies' popularity, the obvious culprit is Johnny Depp, whose character of Captain Jack Sparrow became an instant figure in pop culture. In an interview with HitFix, Depp admitted he was as surprised as anyone at the success of the Pirates trilogy.
It's not my fault. I did my best. Even to the point of trying to get fired on the first one, but they couldn't bring themselves to do it. No, it's kind of interesting to experience that kind of ride after, well, essentially 20 years of enjoying a career based on failures and then suddenly something clicks. The weird thing is I never changed a thing. The process is still the process as it ever was. The fact people decide to see a movie I was in was probably the most shocking thing I've ever been through.
Depp has already admitted that he would "consider" returning, and was more revealing to HitFix claiming that eventually "they can wheel me in" for more sequels.
[I'll get my dreads] tangled in the wheels of my chair. Interestingly enough, for me a character like Captain Jack you feel you could just continue. The possibilities are endless and limitless. There is any possibility of madness and absurdity that could commence. You feel with this character you are never really done.
Depp explained that the character of Captain Sparrow is one that just won't "leave me alone."
Any character you play there is a part of you goes into that in terms of the ingredients of making this, whatever, stew. There is definitely a part of me in Captain Jack and now, fortunately or unfortunately, there is a great part of Captain Jack in me as well. Basically, I can't shake him. He won't leave me alone. He keeps showing up at odd times. In fact, he showed up this morning when I was getting my kids ready for school. I had to shoo him away.
On Stranger Tides sees Captain Jack searching for the fabled Fountain of Youth, and reuniting with past love Angelica (Penelope Cruz). While Depp and Cruz have worked together before it was Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall (Chicago, Nine) that suggested Cruz for the role, something Depp instantly agreed was the right move.
Having done the film Blow together 10 or 11 years ago, something like that. Well, the weird thing it felt like when we saw each other again it felt like we wrapped the film Blow like a week before or a few days before. It just felt instantly that whatever exists in terms of chemistry was just firing on all cylinders. I knew she would be not only a worthy opponent but someone who would just kill the scenes and she did, she's just incredible.
Whether Cruz will stick around for more sequels is unknown, as Depp wasn't revealing may details for the sequels in progress.
There is a very clever idea in terms of 'Pirates 5 and 6,'" Depp reveals. "We're actually going to shoot them on the ride. Actually going around in a circle. Sort of like Andy Warhol's Sleep. Just close ups on everyone.
On Stranger Tides opens May 20th and co-stars Ian McShane, Geoffrey Rush and Kevin R. McNally.