Sunday, May 8, 2011

Johnny Depp on a Quest for The Fountain of Youth in 4th �Pirates� Film

Johnny Depp, who had fallen unabashedly in love with the character of Captain Jack Sparrow over the course of the first three �Pirates� films, was certainly game for another new adventure in Walt Disney Pictures' �Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.� �The idea of a fourth one after finishing �Pirates 3� was somewhere in the back of your head, thinking �I sure hope so,�� notes Depp.

When you�re done playing Captain Jack, there�s a real decompression getting out of that skin, because I like being in that skin,� says Depp. �There�s a great comfort in playing Captain Jack, because you have license to be completely irreverent, completely subversive, absolutely abstract in all situations. I know him so well that it just comes naturally.�

Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, �Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides� captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise - this time in Disney Digital 3D�. Crossing paths with the enigmatic Angelica (Pen�lope Cruz), Jack Sparrow is not sure if it�s love - or if she�s a ruthless con artist who�s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the �Queen Anne�s Revenge,� the ship of the legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn�t know whom to fear more: Blackbeard or Angelica.

Depp adds, �I was very happy with the work that Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio did on the screenplay for �On Stranger Tides.� It was like the gates were reopened and it was all fresh. It really felt closer in spirit to the first film, getting from Point A to Point D to Point Z without too many subplots and complications.�

Depp was also enthusiastic to work for a fourth time with Jerry Bruckheimer, who had guarded the actor�s wholly original vision of Captain Jack Sparrow when the first film began to shoot. �We wouldn�t have been able to get away with a third of what we got away with on �Pirates 1� without Jerry Bruckheimer,� states the actor. �Without Jerry�s support, and his understanding of the material, saying �Okay, I know that some people are scared but this sure seems funny to me, why don�t we go with it,� the first film would have been much more generic, not much fun, and I would have been fired!

Jerry knows these films well. I�ve been in umpteen script meetings with the guy and never a false note comes up; he always comes up with something interesting. And if you�re in a pinch, he�s always the guy who says �Don�t worry about it; we�ll get it taken care of.� Jerry really produces; he�s untamed all the time and allows us to be in an atmosphere that�s conducive to making something interesting and different. There have never been pressures in that regard; it�s always sort of, you know, Bruckheimer�s got it. You know he�s handling it. It�s cool.

Bruckheimer notes, �At this point Johnny is the most popular actor in the world, one of the best actors in the world, and certainly the most committed and hard-working. He�s somebody you love working with because every day he comes on the set with a smile, ready to go to work and have a great time, yet work very hard.�

Opening across the Philippines on May 20 2011 in IMAX 3D, Digital 3D and regular format, �Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides� is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.

- Walt Disney Studios Press Statement

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