The year-old actor's interpretation of Captain Jack Sparrow in the first film in the swashbuckling franchise left bosses baffled, and he admitted they didn't understand the character. He told GQ magazine: "Disney hated me. What's wrong with him? Sparrow's sexuality was brought up in a conversation with Disney's Nina Jacobson - who herself is openly gay, and has campaigned for greater diversity in Hollywood's boardrooms - and Depp was sure "to be irreverent" with his answer. He said: "It was a lady called Nina Jacobson from Disney at the time and she asked me a couple of questions and then said, 'What is it, Johnny? Is he gay?
We've all heard the stories of how Disney execs were worried by Johnny Depp's performance in the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie—that they felt his mumbling, Keith Richards-inspired delivery wouldn't be accepted by audiences. It turns out that was the least of Disney's worries about Captain Jack Sparrow. According to Depp in the latest issue of Vanity Fair , Disney also worried about the character's sexuality:. But the film's phenomenal performance at the box office killed any concerns about Depp's performance on the screen, which calmed Disney down. Skip to main content.
The flamboyant pirate, which Depp says was based on the Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, has become one of the best-known film characters in the last decade, and helped turn the films into a billion dollar franchise. But in an interview with Patti Smith for the January edition of Vanity Fair magazine, Depp said Disney initially "couldn't stand" his version of Sparrow, with one person asking if the character was homosexual. Depp told the Disney executive "all my characters are gay", adding that "really made her nervous". Depp's next role is in the movie The Tourist , in which he co-stars with Angelina Jolie. It opens next month.
The history of one of cinema's bravest and campiest pirates is stranger than you might think, both in-universe and in real life. From the backstory, to the casting, to his impact on a classic theme park ride, there are a lot of odd twists and turns in this swashbuckler's saga. Sing it with us, now: "This is the tale of Captain Jack Sparrow…". At this point, Johnny Depp and Captain Jack Sparrow are so synonymous it's hard to think of pirates without imagining his buccaneer grin and quick wit. If it weren't for him, odds are there would have only been one Pirates movie , and a rather forgettable one, at that.