Aye matey! We had the opportunity to interview a few swashbuckling pirates last weekend during Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean cast interviews in Beverly Hills, California. During the event, the cast shared more about the fifth film in the now iconic Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, including how they secured Paul McCartney as Uncle Jack, Salazar's hair which is a character in itself, and Geoffrey Rush's hilarious description of the scenes he filmed with Javier Bardem, saying the two resembled awkward crabs having sex. Check out all the details from the Pirates of the Caribbean cast interviews below.
Pirates of the Caribbean Cast Interviews
At the Pirates of the Caribbean cast interviews, we also had the opportunity to get an up-close and personal look at some of the costumes from the film, including the costumes of:
- Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp)
- Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem)
- Barbosa (Geoffrey Rush)
- Henry (Brenton Thwaites)
- Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario)
- and four amazing hand-embellished 1960's leather moto jackets inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean.
There were even some amazing toys on display like the LEGO toys like this awesome Pirates of the Caribbean Silent Mary kit, and a full-sized LEGO Captain Jack Sparrow which sadly is not for sale.
And of course, one of my favorite activities at Disney press conferences is the fun photo ops. Which do you like best? Me, I favor the serious pirate savvy.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens in theaters everywhere this Friday!
Pirates of the Caribbean Cast Interviews – Dead Men Tell No Tales
Q: Can you go back and tell us how the first film came about?
Jerry Bruckheimer: I was sent the script, it was a good script, and Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio sent it back saying we want to make the pirates turn into skeletons in the moonlight and return to steal the treasure, they added the supernatural. I said now that's a movie I'd go see.
The next quest was finding who would play Jack Sparrow, and we said, Johnny Depp. He's done movies that are really character studies, Ed Wood and Edward Scissors Hands. He was more of an artistic choice of an actor and that excited me. I flew to France and had some storyboards and drawing done and he got excited about it.
Q: So you see this movie in any way returning to the original Pirates of the Caribbean?
Jerry Bruckheimer: Yes, we have Kiera and Orlando back and having the romantic story between the two new characters in the movie. Geoffrey Rush in the first movie was fantastic, and Javier. The combination of Javier and Geoffrey is just great. It like a family coming back on set after four years.
Q: How was it working with Johnny? Did he ever throw you off? Or does he like to improvise?
Kaya Scodelario: You see the one take that makes it into the movie, and we see the sixty before it. They get dirtier and dirtier, and ruder and ruder. He's just pushing the boundary more and more to make you laugh. I heard them say many times, you can't say that in a Disney movie.
Q; The relationship between your two characters Kaya and Brenton really takes us back to the first film with Orlando and Kiera, young lovers falling in love for the first time, and that's what you brought to this film also. Did you talk about that beforehand and was there a responsibility to it?
Kaya Scodelario: For me personally, I wanted our characters to be always removed from that. I thought it was important that their journey, their story is their own because that's what falling in love is like. I needed Carina to be an individual in that, and I needed her to be organic in that sense.
Brenton Thwaites: Also, the material is different. In the first movie, Will Turner is taken by Elizabeth Swan and he goes on a journey to save her life because he has a secret crush on her. In our movie, we're brought together by a unique circumstance and we butt heads. We have a lot of tension and conflict at the start of the movie as we slowly start to learn more about each other and in turn come to an understanding. That's where our relationship starts as opposed to the get go.
Q: You play a very complicated character, Salazar. Can you introduce us to him?
Javier Bardem: What I liked was the idea of one person seeing from two different angles. One would be the pride, strong, and in command Spanish captain at a time where pride and honor were very important. And then, what would happen if that person was betrayed by what he hates the most and the rage that would bring to him.
Q: Can you share what you thought about your hair the first time you saw it floating around?
Javier Bardem: I knew how the makeup would look, but I didn't know what character the hair would play, and it plays a character. It softens my movement. I think it's a great combination between the darkness and the pain of this character. The hypnotism of the hair is a nice combination of earth and water, heaven and hell. I saw some pictures and some drawings, but it was something they would decide once they were editing.
Q: Barbosa changes emotionally in every one of the films. Is that all script, or is that part of your improv?
Geoffrey Rush: I like becoming the politician to get the G20 of pirates together. We had some amazing actors who came in for that round table scene. I liked it when I played working for King George in the last film.
The script was a little more blatant that this was a ploy journey, and I spoke with Terry Rossio and I said I think we should play it. That it's just the vanity of working for someone nicer, not pirates. The twist at the end is that he's actually after the fountain of youth. In this film, he's after the Triton of Poseidon. Even though he has to talk his way into keeping alive. And I like that there's a secret from the past that reveals a vulnerability.
Q: How was Javier Bardem as an acting partner?
Geoffrey Rush: He's an actor's actor. We met back in 2001. He had done this film called Before Night Falls where he plays a Cuban poet, and we were both on the awards and promotional circuit so I got to know him quite well and thought he was remarkable.
Salazar is a major terrifying terrorist metaphor full of rage and zeal wanting to obliterate every pirate from the surface of the earth. It was great listening to him talk about the Andalusian code of honor, the naval code of honor in the 18th century and for that to be besmirched by a pirate putting him into a maritime purgatory for 25 years, he was working on a blend of rage and pain. That's a great actor, thinking of that kind of elements.
On set, he would approach me on his sticks looking like a crustacean and I'm there on my crutch with my wooden leg, and with the two of us dancing around we looked like two crabs about to have sex. It was nice having those extraordinary images to play with.
Q: Javier, the dialog of Spanish your character uses in the film and the way you say, Jack Sparrow, is so unique. How did that come about?
Javier Bardem: It was a matter of recollection in the sense that, they asked me to play a Spanish captain and after doing some research I found most of those captains were from the South of Spain. I thought it was nice to bring that south flavor to the accent, which is not an easy task when asked to do English. Which is why some things in Spain were coming out because my body needed to express myself in Spanish, and we were having fun with it.
Q: How did you make Paul McCartney happen?
Jerry Bruckheimer: I didn't make it happen. Johnny made it happen. Keith Richards wasn't available, he was on tour, and Johnny worked with Paul on a music video, they're friends, so he called him up and said, “Do you want to be a pirate?” The two of them got together, worked on the scene together, and Paul brought a lot. They had a blast shooting it.
About Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
From Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films comes “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the fifth film in the now iconic “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise, which returns Johnny Depp to his Academy Award®-nominated role as the outrageous, swashbuckling scoundrel Captain Jack Sparrow. Depp is joined in this new adventure with Oscar® winners Javier Bardem and Geoffrey Rush, and cast members both new and familiar to “Pirates of the Caribbean” fans.
Portions of this material have been provided courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.