Captain Sparrow (Johnny Depp of Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands) is back. In the first movie, Depp's characterization of Sparrow was inspired by his friend Keith Richards, though he said in interviews that it was not an impersonation. For this sequel, Keith Richards himself was asked if he would co-star as Captain Sparrow's father. Richards agreed, but was unavailable when filming started in June, 2005, due to scheduling conflicts with the Rolling Stones tour schedule. Richards was temporarily written out of the script, but schedules were later co-ordinated to allow scenes to be filmed in August 2006 for the third, after recovering from falling out of a coconut tree while in Fiji.If anything on this page doesn't work right, it could be a problem with your computer. Bill Gates at Microsoft would be happy to drop whatever he's doing and solve your problem for you. Click here for his personal customer service phone line.
The bad guy of the film, as it were, is the legendary bane of sailors everywhere, Davey Jones. No, not the little guy in The Monkees who inspired the character of Chekov in Star Trek. This is the villain who sinks ships at sea and drags sailors down to their watery grave. No mere mortal, the CGI animators who created the zombie skeleton crew of the Black Pearl in the first movie worked twice as hard to create Davey Jones. Disney Studios refused to even say beforehand whether Davey is entirely a CGI monster or if there was an actor in there somewhere (Bill Nighy of "Underworld"). His left leg looks normal, as does his chest. Pirates often have a pegleg, and it appears Davey Jones does...but take a closer look. It's the long, sharp leg from a giant crab. His left arm is a giant claw. His face, if you can call it a face, is a mass of tentacles. Nighy says that his character Davy Jones will very much be the villain of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and possibly Pirates of the Caribbean 3.
"I am a very, very, very, very bad man and I am there to make people suffer in all new ways, in ways that you won't have seen before," he smiled. While staying mum on how that will be done, he did reveal that "I have a boat and I have a crew, and they are really evil buggers."
In Peter Benchley's TV-movie The Beast (1996, based on his 1991 novel, about a giant man-eating squid), a beast from the deep menaces our heroes. But in this movie, Davey Jones is the beast and Captain Jack has the beast's mark on the palm of his hand, threatening him with a different kind of watery hell. Because of this "mark of the beast," Jones can rise from the depths and claim Jack's very soul. With time running out, Jack must find a way out of his debt or else be doomed to eternal damnation and servitude in the afterlife with Davey's other doomed crewmen on the ghost-ship Flying Dutchman, wrecking the wedding plans of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann, who join Jack on yet another misadventure. And who wanted mushy stuff in a pirate movie anyway? But don't worry, Will gives his heart to Elizabeth at the end of the third movie...
in a way.
Davey's ship, the infamous Flying Dutchman, has the skeleton of a sea serpent on the front instead of a pretty girl. When it breaks the surface into "our" world, it is covered in sealife, barnacles and dripping green/black slime. Its crew consists of sailors whose souls Davey Jones has taken, slowly deteriorating year by year, becoming more like creatures of the sea they inhabit. Bootstrap Bill (Stellan Skarsgard of "Exorcist: The Beginning") appears to have a giant barnacle growing right out of his face.
"There's a huge sword sequence which, if it isn't the sword sequence that puts all sword sequences to bed, then I can't imagine what anyone could ever pull out of the ether to top it," Orlando Bloom told Entertainment Weekly. He and Captain Jack are engaged with a third swordsman "on a big water-mill wheel as it rolls down a hill. And we fight on top of it, and around it, and inside it." A survey in the 1-27-06 issue showed that five times as many people are looking forward to seeing "Pirates 3" as want to see the next James Bond film, prequel Casino Royale, though Superman Returns is still getting the most buzz
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Most of the actors from the first movie are back, but there are new ones. Like the black-magic woman who lives in a shack in the the green swampy bayous near New Orleans: Tia Dalma (Naomie Harris of "28 Days Later"). It is in the bayou that three of the principals meet: Sparrow, Turner, and Swann. The Black Pearl itself is back, but much the worse for wear after the sea battles of the first movie. Speaking of returning actors, even the the dog with the key ring in Port Royal jail makes a return appearance. HMS Bounty used in the Brando film is seen in this one (in a somewhat minor role) as the Edinburough Trader. Also appearing is the 110-foot sloop Providence, replica of an early U.S. Navy vessel commanded by John Paul Jones, in a new fictional movie role. The Bounty replica ship sank years later in a real-life "perfect storm"
The kraken is a monster completely unlike the one seen previously in Clash Of The Titans; actually more of a giant squid/octopus monster that may remind you of the one Kirk Douglas and Peter Lorre fight off in Disney's previous 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954, see below). In fact, Industrial Light and Magic has over 800 effects in Pirates 2, more than twice the number they did for Black Pearl.
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Pirates Of The Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest Trivia* The Flying Dutchman's mainmast was cut from a 67-foot log
weighing 7,866 pounds harvested from a ridge near Elma, Grays Harbor County, by Port Blakely Tree Farms, according to the Seattle Times, which also noted the following:
* The Lady Washington traveled more than 11,000 miles to the Caribbean and back for the first movie, earning nearly $800,000 in charter fees to play HMS Interceptor, the fastest ship in the British navy. Launched in 1989 as part of Washington state's centennial celebration, the "Lady" is a full-scale replica of the ship Capt. Robert Gray — Grays Harbor's namesake — sailed to the Northwest coast in 1788. The boat makes annual trips up and down the West Coast, and is a particularly majestic sight with her 4,400 square feet of sail unfurled. 18 crew members sailed with the boat from Aberdeen, and more than a dozen became extras or doubles in the film. The Lady Washington, despite her impressive performance in the first of the series, didn't survive to land a part in the "Pirates" sequels (the boat demolished in Curse Of The Black Pearl wasn't the real Lady Washington, but a one-fourth-scale model)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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* The pirate ship Black Pearl and the British navy ship HMS Dauntless, though they looked real on the screen, were simply pieces of hull, deck, masts and sails attached to barges for various camera shots. The director of the second movie thought the Black Pearl was too slow, so (hidden) twin diesel engines were installed to give her more speed in the sequel
* Official website of the first movie: Disney.com/pirates (click the coin, if you dare) On their video page check out the 2 trailers and the 2 clips, the 2nd clip is best. The pirate-ship game on their website is a bit difficult since you have to allow for both gravity and where the other moving ship will be when the cannonball comes down
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* Fabrication of the Black Pearl was done inside the Long Beach Dome next to the RMS Queen Mary, which originally housed Howard Hughes' massive Spruce Goose airplane (since dismantled and removed from public showings)
* There was an unrelated movie called "Ice Pirates" set in space that featured Robert Ulrich Ice Pirates
* Davy or Davey? The following comes from www.canmag.com:
"One of our biggest dilemmas lately is how the hell do you spell 'Davy' for Davy Jones. If you look at some of our previous articles about Pirates 2 and Davy Jones, you will notice sometimes we decided to throw in the extra 'e'. It seems that no matter which way we spell it, there are always a couple of critics trying to tell us that the name is spelled the other way.
As of right now, we are going to stick with Davy Jones, as that follows the term Davy Jones' Locker. However, if you run over to IMDB, they have the character spelled Davey Jones.
Anywho, the good people over at Dark Horizons have recently got their hands on two set dockside pictures of what looks to be the ship for Davy Jones. Since they have both images in large formats, you can see some of the sweet looking details that have been applied to the ship." [and anyway, who's going to go and ask Davey Jones how he spells his name?]
* If you haven't seen "Pirates 2" yet, Davy Jones sends a kraken that captures the Black Pearl and drags it beneath the ocean with Jack inside. Movie fans haven't been so annoyed at the cliff-hanger ending of a movie since Hans Solo ended the second Star Wars movie, "The Empire Strikes Back," frozen in a block of ice. Now, Captain Barbossa is left wondering what happened to his ship
Pirates Of The Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest was released July 7th, 2006. The two sequels were filmed back-to-back in 2005-07, after which Disney Studios entered the only American ship in an around-the-world sailing ship race, complete with skull & crossbones flag: Pirates Carib in Race news
Pirates Of The Caribbean 3: At World's End(2007)
What would any of you be willing to do?
Reggie Lee ("The Fast & The Furious") joined the cast of Pirates 3 to star opposite Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom and Chow Yun Fat (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) as Captain Sao Feng in the third installment of the popular Disney film. Lee recently wrapped filming the lead in the horror film "Dimples." Chow Yun Fat's wife had also told a reporter that she thought he would be playing the famous 19th century Chinese pirate Cheung Po Tsai in Pirates 3, giving them hell - the Chinese have a lot of hells. This is his first English-language role since "Bulletproof Monk" (2003)
Voodoo from a certain black magic woman will bring back Barbossa and Jack for the 3rd film, and the Black Pearl is also back, making Davy Jones even more angry and evil! The Black Pearl is left in the middle of desert sand with Jack Sparrow in Limbo, neither dead or alive, but never underestimate the power of rocks that turn into crabs in great numbers.
Captain Jack goes mad in the limbo of Davy Jones Locker
Then the rocks turn into crabs and helpfully push the Black Pearl toward water
Keith Richards is in #3 but Orlando Bloom will not be in the scene. The scene does not make it clear whether Richards is Captain Jack's real father or not, though he still keeps Depp's Mom close by...
* In Pirates Of The Caribbean 3, the pirates of the world realize they must combine into a mighty armada for their last stand when Davy Jones is forced to ally with the British against them. Click here for photo of Jack and some of his new allies (over 300k, photo swiped from a Russian website of all places), or see official theatrical trailer below.
* Johnny Depp hopes there will be a 4th Pirates movie (already being written), but no word from the studio yet. Jerry Bruckheimer is working on "National Treasure 2", but says there could be another Pirates movie if Disney wants to finance it. The special effects in Pirates 3 made it the most expensive movie ever made by Disney Studios * So far, Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas characters have taken over Disney's Haunted Mansion each October, the Finding Nemo cast has taken over the previous submarine ride (at least at Disneyland in California starting June 11, 2007. It originally shut down in 1998 to be rebuilt around the flop animated film "Atlantis, The Lost Empire"). And now the characters from the Pirates movies have been added to the Pirates Of The Caribbean ride in Disneyland starting in 2006 (click on the treasure chest to see video of movie characters in the ride, or click the book to learn pirate words). There are also plans to change Tom Sawyer's Island in Disneyland to a Pirates theme. Previous version of the ride (1994). "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" was shut down for servicing recently and some joked that it will re-open as "Paris Hilton & Nicole Richie's wild drunk-driving ride"
* Opening on March 18, 1967, Pirates of the Caribbean was Disneyland's largest Audio-Animatronics project and was the last attraction which Walt Disney was personally involved in designing. He died just 6 months before it officially opened. A smaller version of the ride opened in Florida in 1973, where the Caribbean was thought to be less exotic. It is also at Tokyo Disneyland (1983) and Disneyland Paris (1992, called Euro Disneyland at the time), and will be added soon to Hong Kong Disneyland with some Splash Mountain-style elements.
The "Captain Jack Sparrow's Pirate Tutorial" is a special event that takes place daily in front of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. The character of Captain Jack Sparrow (a Disneyland actor) holds court in enlisting budding pirates to join his crew. Alongside Captain Jack is Mack, his faithful crewman. Together they teach the audience how to be a pirate. There is also Pirate music. The time of the performances can be found on the Magic Kingdom's schedule. I don't know if this is done at the other Disney parks. There is something similar with a Star Wars theme in Tomorrowland
* Map & Timeline for all three movies from the official Pirates Of The Caribbean website
* They also have a free online game based on Pirates 3 on their new Pirates in Singapore website, assuming you're not afraid of rocks that turn into crabs
* Beware the Flying Dutchman, it's been the stuff of legends for generations.
Pirates 2 retold in 5 minutes, teasing Pirates 3
Recap of first two movies
Pirates Of The Caribbean 3: World's End
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Pirates of the Caribbean 3 released May 25, 2007, followed in two months by
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Fun fact:Blackbeard kept himself armed with 3 pistols, daggers, and 2 cutlasses. The 3 guns were cocked, ready to fire. He put slow-burning fuses in his hat or beard during intimidating hand-to-hand fighting. His ship was a captured French slaver, which he renamed Queen Anne's Revenge (he was probably a privateer on the British side during "Queen Anne's War" aka The War of Spanish Succession). Blackbeard relished his reputation and wasn't satisfied with a traditional skull & crossbones. His flag was of a devil-horned skeleton piercing a bloody heart. Others simply flew a solid-color flag of white or blood-red, meaning that no prisoners would be taken
Winona was once Johnny Depp's girlfriend and he had "Winona Forever" tattooed on his arm. When they broke up, he had 2 letters removed to read "Wino Forever!"
Pirates are sneaky, they don't always fly a pirate flag. Some simply flew the flag of their home nation or that of their intended victim until they were close enough...
By the way, the "Stars & Stripes" U.S. flag actually consists of "mullets and barrulets" according to European heraldy.
In 2006, Keith Richards released an album of Gospel music for Augburg Books (of the Evangelical Lutheran Church) as guitarist, along with Blondie Chapman of the Beach Boys and Bob Dylan's drummer George Receli. Keith's wife and daughter did the vocals - her brother is Rev. Hansen of Mount Hope Lutheran Church of El Paso, Texas. When not performing with the Rolling Stones, Keith checks out the Rush Limbaugh website (he's a subscriber)
Stick around after the credits of Pirates 3 to find out what happened with Elizabeth 10 years later
Scifi Channel interviews: Geoffrey Rush & Bill Nighy (Davy Jones & Barbossa without makeup)
Chow Yun-Fat & Naomie Harris (Chinese pirate Cheung Po Tsai and a certain voodoo lady)
Johnny Depp Interview (Jack Sparrow)
Visit the Haunted Mansion with teenage Kurt Russell and Donny Osmond
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954)
Harry Potter of the Caribbean
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In 1980, Texaco was drilling in Louisiana's Lake Peigneur, 125 miles from New Orleans, when they hit an underground salt dome mine 1300 feet down, causing a massive whirlpool that sucked in a tugboat, 11 barges, trees, a house and much of Rip Van Winkle Gardens into a huge hole as the lake filled the salt mine cavern. A motorboater tells on this video of escaping the whirlpool while it was sucking in a large barge. Water flowing backward in Delcambre Canal from Vermilion Bay created a 150-foot waterfall that continued filling the mine for 2 days. The lake eventually was refilled; and with a loud burping sound, 9 of the barges began spitting out of the hole like toys that had been held underwater in a bathtub. History Channel video of the maelstrom. Not even Nostradamus predicted this! Some have proposed that the sudden collapse of an undergound cavern on the ocean floor could explain ships disappearing without a trace in an ocean maelstrom. Unless you believe in Davy Jone's Locker! The name Davy may be derived from the word Daeva, an evil spirit in Persian mythology who loves to cause harm and destruction. The unofficial US Navy song "Anchors Aweigh" (most often sung at Army-Navy football games) contains the line "Roll out the TNT, Anchors Aweigh. Sail on to victory And sink their bones to Davy Jones, hooray!
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Official clips & trailers
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Jack Sparrow's line "I love those moments, I like to wave at them as they go by" may have been inspired by Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy), who often missed deadlines and once commented, "I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by."
You're the worst pirate I've ever heard of "But you have heard of me." It should be a dress or nothing
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Doesn't the little girl at the start of the trailer remind you of Carol-Ann in Poltergeist? "Yo-ho...they're here!"
Pirates promotional art © Disney Studios.
"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" teased audiences with Sparrow and Barbossa both in hot pursuit of the Fountain of Youth! "I think they're (Disney) pushing towards 2012," Bruckheimer told ComingSoon.net about the possible release date for this fourth "Pirates" movie. "Hopefully we can make it, we'll see." Gore Verbinski has decided that 3 pirate movies is enough. He's informed Disney and producer Jerry Buckheimer that he won't be directing the fourth installment. "I had a fantastic time bringing 'Pirates' to life, and I am eternally grateful to Jerry, Johnny and the rest of the creative and production team. I'm looking forward to all of us crossing paths again in the future." No word on who may helm the 4th installment.