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Interview with the Cast of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

I attended the interviews as a guest of Disney.

The Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth installment in the Pirates of The Caribbean Story will be released in theaters this Friday, May 26th.  The origins of the movie series goes back to the Disney ride of the same name and frankly my favorite ride of the park.

One of the most enduring characters that have come to the movie screens in the past 14 years has been the portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow by Johnny Depp.  Not to mention the supporting characters played by some the Hollywood elite Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightly, Geoffrey Rush and joining the cast this time around Javier Bardem.

I had an incredible opportunity to spend time with some of the cast this past weekend and interviewed them about the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

The interview began with the incredibly talented Javier Bardem.  Of course, the first question was, if he chose to do the move because his wife Penelope Cruz had been in the fourth installment of the movie (Pirates of the Caribbean:  On Stranger Tides). Javier Bardem said that he was visiting Penelope on the set of Pirates and enjoyed the set and what they were doing in that movie.  He ran into Jerry Bruckheimer and said that he wanted to be in the next movie.  Jerry was excited and said “yes.”  But, didn’t call back for five years. When asked if he had his kids on the set, Javier mentioned that only during the scenes that he was alive.  The movie had some supernatural aspects to it, and his kids were still too young.  Plus he wanted to make sure they see him when he was looking his best.

Then we focused on the character.  Javier mentioned that the character had two sides.  The one side was pride; the other was rage.  The rage would eventually consume him fully as he was betrayed by the one that he hated.  Javier felt that Captain Salazar was spending eternity feeling the rage of getting bested by a pirate.

Next, I had the opportunity to interview the newest members of the Pirates family; Brenton Thwaites (Henry Turner) and Kaya Scodelario (Carina Smyth).  One of the more striking aspects of Brenton is how much he looks like Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly (like he could really be their offspring).  He did assure us that he was in no way related to the two.  Both Brenton and Kaya were excited to have the ability to work with such a great cast and were very proud.  One interesting note was that the final scene in which Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly unite was shot one and a half year after the rest of the movie was shot.  At that that Kaya was pregnant and you only see her character from afar.

Brenton was cast for the role Henry Turner first and had a chance in choosing his screen costar.  What was the most interesting connection between our stars?  It was their big break.  Kaya Scodelario was cast in the British TV show “Skin” when she was 14; which was her first big break.  Brenton Thwaites big break came when was cast on the Australian version of the same show called Slide when he was 22.

One of the more amusing insights of the movie was that every actor I spoke with during the day said that they expected Javier Bardem to be very intense.  But after spending a few minutes with him, they realized what a nice guy he was, and he would do so much to help his fellow actors get ready for their scene.

Geoffrey Rush was my next interview, and the energy that filled the room was immediately noticeable.  His return to the Pirates franchise provided him with some extra perks as the movie was shot in Australia which is where his home is.  It made shooting the film a bit easier and more enjoyable.

Geoffrey mentioned that when he was looking through one of the scenes, he noticed that Javier Bardem was walking with these sticks in a circle as he was walking on his wooden leg.  And this image of two crabs circling each other came to his mind.

After Geoffrey Rush, I was able to interview the directors of the movie Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg.  Asking them about why this movie while a bit scary seems to work:  They mentioned that it is true that the movie is scary, but they gave it a heart.  The more interesting aspects of the movie are the origins of Jack Sparrow (how he became known as Sparrow).

Of course, the most important question I could think of was how did Paul McCartney get to appear in the film?  The original idea was to have Keith Richards appear in that scene.  However, he was touring in that time and could not make it for the film.  So they came up with a very short list of Rock legends and of course Paul was at the top of the list.  Joachim, Espen, and Johnny were sitting around to see how they could ask Paul (or more importantly reach Paul) when Jonny remembered that he had Paul’s number.  He sent a text to Paul asking him if he wanted to be a pirate.  Paul said yes, and the rest is movie magic.

Finally, I was able to interview Jerry Bruckheimer; the legendary producer behind the Pirates movies.  Jerry was very proud of the movie and how it came out.  Jerry thought that the latest movie brings back the Pirates franchise to the original movie. He mentioned that one of the things he had learned from the past Pirates movies was to make the plots less complicated and more fun.  Going back to the original Pirates movie, what made Jonny agree to be Jack Sparrow was that he just had a daughter and wanted to do the movie for her.  And while doing that movie, he fell in love with the character.

The day was very fun, and the cast of the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales provided an insider’s glimpse into the latest movie.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens this Friday May 26th!

Houman Jazaeri is an OC dad who juggles work, play and his love of technology. On the side he runs, a website that reviews apps and has published his first book, 52 Apps for the College Student.
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