Captain Jack Sparrow it is absolutely iconic, no doubt.
He is the heart and soul of the pirates of the caribbean films, largely due to the portrayal of Johnny Depp’s character. This led to a big movie franchise and added it to the famous walk in Disney parks. But, and if anyone else had played Jack Sparrow? Well, that almost happened, and you will never guess which famous actor turned down the role!
Ready for that? Robert De Niro was originally offered the role of Captain Jack Sparrow, according to Screen Rant. Uh, YES. Are you as shocked as we are ?! Because what ?!
De Niro turned down the role because thought the movie (The curse of the black pearl) it was going to be a huge failure. Well, he jokes, because the pirates of the caribbean the films have become one of ALL TIME’s most successful film franchises. The second and fourth films have each won more than a billion dollars at the box office around the world: let’s talk about Marvel numbers here, folks!
Somehow, we have to partially thank De Niro for the success of the films, because the fact that he turned down the role led to Johnny Depp. And honestly, the movie could be to own it would have been a failure if De Niro had taken the role, because even though he is a great actor, we don’t think he would have portrayed Jack Sparrow in the same incredibly absurd way. How … can you imagine Jack Sparrow with a New York accent? “Miss Swan: Are you talking to me? Are you talking to me?”
But this is not the only madness in this story. Guess who else was also considered the role? Both Christopher Walken and Jim Carrey declined Jack Sparrow before being offered to Depp, according to Screen Rant. Carrey was unable to do so because the filming schedule interfered with another film he was filming – Bruce Almighty.
We don’t know about you guys, but imagining Walken and his different voice like Jack Sparrow is comical (not in a good way) and Carrey like Sparrow would have been … scary. We could see him going too far with the character. Really, what did Disney think of these decisions ?!
Is this blowing your mind ?! It’s hard to imagine anyone else like Jack Sparrow because Depp’s performance was remarkable. He was nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards and Golden Globes, and won Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. He has become one of Depp’s best known roles, if not the best known.
Therefore, suppose we have the doubts of De Niro and Bruce Almighty to thank the iconic Jack Sparrow. And we’re grateful, because for Robert De Niro to come out of a barrel on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney World would be … a lot. Stay tuned to DFB for more Disney entertainment news and updates.
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