Depp Almost Wasn't Sparrow

By Ogoo "Mojimo" Uzoma

During an interview with Moviefone at the ongoing AFI (American Film Institute) Fest, Johnny Depp revealed that he almost didn't get the now extremely successful Disney movie: The Pirates of the Caribbean. He says his portrayal of the eccentric captain confounded the Disney people. The financiers just could not get what Sparrow was about.

 



"The questions came up, 'Is the performance drunk? Is it gay?' All I could say was - 'cause they set me up with a great line - I said, 'Well don't you know all my characters are gay?'" he laughed. "They were actually gonna put subtitles under my character, they couldn't understand Captain Jack."

Depp says his portrayal of Sparrow was based on the Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.

"They wanted to fire me", said Depp. "I fully expected to be fired, and I got a call from the upper echelon at Disney who were courageous enough to ask me, 'What the fuck are you doing?'"

Well thank God the bigwigs believed in him enough to let him do it. The film wouldn't have turned out the way it did. Johnny Depp was absolutely perfect for the role. He's Captain Jack Sparrow.
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