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Why Johnny Depp Couldn’t Save The Pirates Of The Caribbean Movies

Despite courting controversy, Johnny Depp remains an incredibly popular actor, yet he still couldn’t save Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movies. While the franchise’s critical reception waned over its run, it has been incredibly successful financially, with Pirates of the Caribbean being one of the highest-grossing franchises of all time, raking in $4.52 billion. However, despite the series’ box-office numbers and dedicated fanbase, the fall of Pirates of the Caribbean can mostly be traced back to one thing: Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow.

Starting in 2003 with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Disney’s swashbuckling saga has seen success since its beginnings, with the series spanning five blockbuster entries. While the films are based on the popular Disney Parks ride, the five Pirates of the Caribbean movies have gone on to develop their own rich and interesting lore, with some elements becoming so popular that they have been re-integrated into the ride. Over time, the quality of the films became increasingly poor, with the fifth and final entry Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales generally being considered the worst of the bunch. Sadly, what started out as a fun adventure series and loving homage to the ride quickly became a contrived, silly, bloated mess – and Jack Sparrow just made things worse.

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Johnny Depp’s initial take on Captain Jack Sparrow was fantastic, with his performance in Curse of the Black Pearl bringing a fun and unique twist to the typical archetype of the pirate captain. Clearly being the standout in the films, Jack Sparrow quickly became the face of the franchise, with him now existing in the pop culture pantheon of Disney legends that few ever reach. Jack Sparrow was swiftly added to the various Disney parks, featured in spin-off books, plastered onto all kinds of merchandise, and more. However, Jack Sparrow gradually went wrong, becoming the driving force behind Pirates of the Caribbean’s fall from grace. As the character took center stage and increasingly dominated the narrative, Sparrow’s original charisma slowly became the series’ Achilles heel. As such, not only was Depp unable to save the Pirates saga, he arguably helped sink it for good.

How Successful Were The Pirates Of The Caribbean Movies?

Curse of the Black Pearl cast poster

Curse of the Black Pearl was an instant hit upon its release, making $654.3 million on a $140 million budget. The film launched Depp’s career as a bankable, bona fide action star, was the third highest-grossing movie of 2003, and was nominated for five Academy Awards. Curse of the Black Pearl single-handedly brought back the pirate genre, following a series of flops that concluded with 1995’s Cutthroat Island. 2006’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest was an even bigger success, making $1.066 billion on a $225 million budget, although reviews were worse than its predecessor’s. The subsequent three films continued this trend, selling more tickets while inflating their budgets, aggrandizing spectacle at the expense of story. Despite their steep decline in quality, the series remained popular at the box office, with Pirates of the Caribbean currently being the 15th highest-grossing franchise of all time. Pirates of the Caribbean was a pop culture phenomenon, one that could have kept going for ages if more care had been taken with the story.

Pirates Of The Caribbean Became Too Much About Jack Sparrow

Jack Sparrow smiling over his shoulder in Pirates of the Caribbean

Although it doesn’t seem like it now, Jack Sparrow isn’t actually the main character of Curse of the Black Pearl. While Jack has a lot of screen time, the original film’s story is actually centered on Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann, with the role of Jack being that of an eccentric side character. However, as the series goes on, Jack Sparrow creeps more and more into the spotlight, pushing Will and Elizabeth out of their leading roles. The films solidified this Jack Sparrow mistake in the fourth film, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, as Will and Elizabeth’s absence definitively makes Jack Sparrow the main character. He essentially committed mutiny on the series, taking over Will and Elizabeth’s franchise in On Stranger Tides. The decision to bring Jack Sparrow to the fore meant that he was inherently associated with the Pirates series’ other flaws, meaning that the character was unable to help save the franchise.

Johnny Depp Never Evolved Jack Sparrow In POTC Sequels

Jack Sparrow and his father Captain Teague in Pirates of the Caribbean At World's End

While a film centered on Jack Sparrow isn’t inherently impossible to make, the problem is that he never evolved across the five films; rather, Jack Sparrow devolved. While Jack Sparrow was drunk, silly, and hedonistic in Curse of the Black Pearl, he felt as if he knew what he was doing, with him truly deserving the title of “best pirate I’ve ever seen.” By the time he appears in Dead Men Tell No Tales, though, Jack Sparrow is only a shell of his former self, bumbling through the movies with no agency. In the later films, Jack Sparrow feels as if he’s a complete caricature that has no idea what he is doing, surviving based on luck and plot armor alone. Jack Sparrow in the latter half of Pirates of the Caribbean is the perfect example of Flanderization, the trope named after The Simpsons’ Ned Flanders. Jack Sparrow was given plenty of history, with the films sending him to Davy Jones’s Locker and introducing his father, but his characterization never changed.

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Johnny Depp’s Hollywood Influenced Waned In The 2010s

The Lone Ranger Depp Hamer

By the time the Pirates of the Caribbean series was coming to a close, Johnny Depp’s starpower was the franchise’s only real selling point. Depp’s Hollywood popularity quickly faded though, following a series of films in the early 2010s like The Lone Ranger, Transcendence, Mortdecai, and many others. On top of his waning career, the mid-to-late 2010s saw the start of the legal battle between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. Due to this, the actor was dropped from lucrative franchises, with Depp losing his role in the Fantastic Beasts movies and Universal’s failed Dark Universe. Due to the declining popularity of the franchise and Johnny Depp’s loss of Hollywood influence, Johnny Depp was let go from Pirates of the Caribbean, essentially killing the franchise due to Jack Sparrow being the last leg it had to stand on. While many debate whether this was a good choice or not, the effect this decision has had on the once-great series is undeniable.

Can Pirates Of The Caribbean Become A Top Franchise Again?

Jack Sparrow Holding Mast

So, while Pirates of the Caribbean has floundered for the past few years, it seems Disney may be trying to revive the once-dead series again. There have been rumblings of a Margot Robbie-led spin-off or reboot, as well as rumors of Disney attempting to bring back Jack Sparrow, although Johnny Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean 6 return seems unlikely. Although another film may one day be made, it is unlikely that the series will ever be as big as it once was. With the increasing focus on Jack Sparrow, Disney continued the franchise solely on Johnny Depp’s performance and starpower, and without him, it may never see the success it once did. The Pirates of the Caribbean craze of the early-to-mid 2000s is almost unmatched, and while a continuation led by Margot Robbie may be successful in its own right, it may never capture the lightning in a bottle that the original trilogy did. The later sequels built themselves on the power of Johnny Depp, and ironically, Johnny Depp is what killed Pirates of the Caribbean.

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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