The Return of Captain Jack Sparrow

Written by Julia Porterfield for A New Voice.

Ever since director Gore Verbinski, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and Disney joined forces to bring the worlds grandest pirate attraction to the big screen in the 2003 blockbuster hit Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Captain Jack Sparrow has become a household name. The film, which stars Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, and Geoffrey Rush, was the predecessor of Dead Man’s Chest (2006), At Worlds End (2007)and On Stranger Tides (2011).

As soon as the first film was released, people all over the world fell in love with the quirkiness of Captain Jack Sparrow, played by Johnny Depp. Depp has made Capt. Jack one of the most iconic characters to cross the big screen in the 21st century. His unusual portrayal of a compassionate rock-star pirate who is only slightly dishonest has brought about a fandom equal to that of Lord of the Rings and Twilight.

But one of the best parts about Captain Jack is what he does off-screen. It has been known for many years that the role of Captain Jack Sparrow is one of Johnny Depp’s favorites. A few years ago, Depp visited an elementary school in full Capt. Jack garb to surprise a few young fans.

While promoting his new film The Lone Ranger, for which he has reunited with Pirates director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Depp revealed that he takes his Captain Jack costume with him everywhere he goes in case the chance comes up for him to reprise his treasured role.

“Sometimes you to kiddie hospitals and things like that,” Depp explained. “I’ll just sneak in and go and surprise a bunch of kiddies through the different wards… It basically turns into a two-three hour improvisation and it’s really fun. So I travel with Captain Jack.”

How amazing is that? I don’t know if it’s because of Johnny Depp’s genuine joy of making his fans happy or the fact that he can randomly walk around in character for over three hours, but this is truly one of the sweetest things to come from Hollywood in a long time.

Although On Stranger Tides was a bit (Okay, a lot) of a disappointment (Did anyone slap the writers yet? Also, someone get Verbinski back), the world of Capt. Jack is not over. Not too long ago it was announced that Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is in the works. There is no word yet as to the story-line or if any of the On Stranger Tides characters will be reprising their roles.

It has been confirmed that Joachim Rooning and Espen Sandberg will be co-directing the film and producer Jerry Bruckheimer stated, “They’re in full form preparing for the picture. We hope to start at the end of the year, beginning of next year.”

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of Pirates of the Caribbean 1-3 and Captain Jack Sparrow, but this series is dead. Continuing to make 200+ million dollar films with random, crappy directors and writers who deserve to be abandoned on a deserted island (Zombies, really?!) is just wrong.

Pirates of the Caribbean is the Black Pearl and Disney & Co. are Sparrow. The ship has sunk and deserves to rest at the bottom of the ocean without an attempt to resurrect it ever three years.

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Follow Julia Porterfield on Twitter @JK_Porterfield.

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