Peter Howell of The Toronto Star was lucky enough to visit Pinewood Studios while Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides was filming there last fall. Howell had the chance to chat with Johnny Depp, whom he calls “one of the most easygoing of Hollywood A-listers,” about playing Captain Jack Sparrow. “Jack is good and fun,” Johnny replied. “There’s always more to explore in him. It’s nice to be as irreverent as possible and get paid for it.”
On Stranger Tides did present new aspects for the familiar Pirates franchise: a new director (Rob Marshall), a new female lead (Penelope Cruz), a new villain (Ian McShane as Blackbeard), and a new technology–the film was shot in 3-D. “It’s my first time shooting in 3-D,” Johnny told Howell, “although Alice in Wonderland was rendered into 3-D” after the fact. “When they reload, normally, for the last 25 years, it’s been this giant magazine that they clip onto the back of the camera,” Johnny observed, “and now the reload is a chip — a computer chip, that kind of thing. It’s fascinating, though, because your relationship to the lens becomes different.”
Not that Johnny Depp will be viewing the final product of his relationship to the camera lens. “I don’t watch myself ever on screen,” he told Howell. “I mustn’t!” But we’ll be watching Captain Jack when On Stranger Tides comes to movie theaters on May 20, 2011.
The Zone thanks Theresa for sharing the Peter Howell article; you can read much more about On Stranger Tides on the Zone’s News & Views forum.