"We went into the hiatus a bit early:" Johnny Depp talks to the press about the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN sequels

During a press conference June 26th, Johnny Depp told reporters that shooting on PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 2:DEAD MAN’S CHEST went on hiatus ahead of schedule because “there were bits that we were going to shoot up in Grand Bahama [for which] sets and stuff weren’t ready. But more than that, one of … our actors, one of our main guys, Kevin McNally, who plays Gibbs, ended up with a really nasty ear infection in both ears, and he was England and … was unable to get on a plane. So they just weighed out all the options and said, ‘We’ll just break now. Go on hiatus. And when we start up again, we’ll finish up the bit from 2.'”

Although the press conference in Nassau, Bahamas, was part of the promotion for the upcoming Warner Bros. release CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, reporters could not resist asking Johnny Depp questions about the POTC sequels. Will Keith Richards play Captain Jack Sparrow’s father, or not? Johnny said that he and director Gore Verbinski were still working on scheduling, but “[i]t looks like it’s going to happen. [. . .] But I don’t know when. It’s all going to depend on where we are and where he is, because he’s got a little thing called the Rolling Stones tour to do.”

As for returning to the role that made him a household name, Johnny Depp sounded excited and happy: “We didn’t quite know what to expect before we went back into … PIRATES 2. [. . .]But honestly, we stepped on the set the first day, and it was like, for me, jumping back into the skin of Captain Jack, … it felt like we’d had a week off, you know, from the first one. And it’s been a really great time, you know? Everybody’s been super good and fun, and I think it’s going to be good. I hope. I’ll knock wood again.”

The Zone thanks emma for posting the excerpt from the press conference on the News & Views forum. You can read all of Johnny’s comments about the POTC sequels HERE.

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