Johnny Depp Not as Enthusiastic About Pirates 4
09.19.09 by BJSprecher
Just last week at Disney's D23 Expo, actor Johnny Depp appeared on stage in full Captain Jack Sparrow costume and persona to help announce the next sequel in the franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. However, with the sudden departure of Walt Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook this past week, Depp has admitted to feeling less enthusiastic about reprising the Pirates role because of his strong working relationship with Cook.
Depp said that he was "in" on the first movie "before there was a script or anything" after he had a conversation with Cook about the project. Depp also credited Cook with being "supportive" of his portrayal of Jack Sparrow when he was first formulating the character.
When things went a little sideways on the first Pirates movie and others at the studio were less than enthusiastic about my interpretation of the character, Dick was there from the first moment. He trusted me.
Now that Cook is gone from Disney, Depp admitted to losing more than just a friend at the studio; he's lost some of his motivation to return to the role.
There's a fissure, a crack in my enthusiasm at the moment. It was all born in [Dick Cook's] office.
Depp went on to say that Cook was "a rare beast" and that he is confident they will work together again in the future.
He will be somewhere and I will always look forward to working with him. I consider Dick a friend inside an insane system. He's someone I understand and I think he understands me.