It's obvious now that Johnny Depp's fun-loving buccaneer Captain Jack Sparrow is one of the highpoints of Disney's PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL earning the actor wide acclaim from critics and fans alike but not everybody at the studio was enthusiastic about Depp's swaying, speech-slurring, gold-toothed spin on the character from the start.
As production began, Depp began hearing "sideline whispering" about concerns regarding the rather offbeat direction the character was taking. He decided to broach the subject directly.
"I got wind of it, and I sat down with them and just [said], 'Look, you hired me to do this. You know the stuff I've done before, so you had to know, to some degree, where I was gonna go with the thing. I know what I'm doing. I really believe I can deliver an interesting character, a fun character, a character I'm pretty sure audiences could connect to, and you've got to trust me on this. If you can't trust me, then you're better off replacing me.'"
"There's certainly the Keith Richards kind of element, the wise kind of sage," he says. "And there was this sort of Pepe Le Pew angle, which is the guy who has blinders on, who only sees what he wants to see. And there's also the Dean Martin kind of aspect. To me, Captain Jack is this sort of strange, pulsating organism who would shape himself to mold to whatever situation but with a martini glass. He's the guy with the martini glass always."