news culture Pirates of the Caribbean: when Johnny Depp did not want to face a woman in one of the films
Johnny Depp has been back in the news a lot lately, and for good reason: his trial with his ex-girlfriend Amber Head was highly publicized. Today, it is a nervous breakdown of the actor which goes back to a few years which resurfaces.
The sweaty screenwriters
It’s unlikely that Pirates of the Caribbean made Johnny Depp, but Johnny Depp most likely helped make Pirates of the Caribbean one of the highest-grossing film franchises in history. And when you’re a Hollywood star on whom a huge part of the film and its marketing campaign is based, we can allow ourselves a few whims when we demand this relevant.
Today, it is therefore a filming anecdote that resurfaces, dating back several years: While the actor was on the set of the fifth film in the saga, Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge, Johnny Depp simply refused to confront a woman, who was however in the script as a pure enemy. Which forced the writers to review their copy.
Terry Rossio’s version
It was Terry Rossio, famous screenwriter (also producer of the very first Shrek) who took care of the story of The Revenge of Salazar, who sold the wick. If Johnny Depp refused to fight a woman in the feature film, it’s not for sexist reasons or to give a bad image of the man : the reality is in fact… quite different and very personal.
My version of the film was put aside because it included a villain and Johnny Depp feared that it would be redundant with that of Dark Shadows (in which Johnny Depp also played, editor’s note), where there was also an antagonist.
Of course, there’s always the possibility that the scripts suck. But often when I go back to the ones that weren’t made, they hold up and are often better than the movie that ended up being made. Sometimes all it takes is one person’s decision, often a mere whim, to destroy years of creating and building a universe.
Johnny Depp’s decision to oppose the script was therefore due fear of repetitiveness in his filmography and obviously nothing else. As for Terry Rossio, we can feel a hint of bitterness towards the actor…