Turns Out Johnny Depp Hated Pirates of the Caribbean's Most Heartbreaking Love Story
No, not Will and Elizabeth (was there ever anything heartbreaking about them?).
Pirates of the Caribbean was never initially supposed to be a trilogy, but the sudden success of the Johnny Depp- led movie quickly turned it into a franchise, for better or worse.
Naturally, in order to make things work, Disney producers had to get creative and come up with additional storylines and character arcs. However, not everyone enjoyed them: after the second movie, many fans started to feel that the franchise is trying to milk itself.
But for the main star, Johnny Depp himself, things started to look suspiciously dragged out even earlier, at the time when Dead Man's Chest was filming. It turns out that the Jack Sparrow actor hated many subplots in Pirates of the Caribbean — including a certain love story many Pirates fans still deem one of the franchise's most compelling.
“It was plot driven and complicated," recalled Depp in an interview with EW. "I remember talking to [Gore Verbinski, director of the first three films] at certain points during production of 2 or 3, and saying: ‘I don’t really know what this means.’ He said, ‘Neither do I, but let’s just shoot it.’ This guy is this guy’s dad, and this guy was in love with this broad. It was like, ‘What?’”
It's safe to assume that Depp was talking about the love story between the Flying Dutchman captain, Davy Jones, and goddess Calypso, who cursed him to sail the dead seas for decades with only one day on the shores per 10 years.
But Depp felt like it was just too much drama.
“Why must you have these f**king heinous subplots?” Depp recalled telling the producers in a 2018 interview with Rolling Stone. “It’s convoluted. There is not a f**king soul that wants to see Captain Jack Sparrow sad.”
Davy Jones' heartbreaking storyline was in the center of the second and third movie, and the most recent Pirates of the Caribbean installment, Dead Men Tell No Tales, hinted that the OG Flying Dutchman captain might be back.
But things are a lot more complicated than back in late 2000s, when Dead Man's Chest and At World's End were released. Today, Johnny Depp has left the Pirates franchise amid his heated legal battle with his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Even though he has basically won the said battle and is currently making a comeback in the industry, Depp was pretty adamant in his reluctance to ever return to the role of Captain Jack Sparrow.
Currently, the fate of the franchise is unclear. But one can always bring back the good old pirate days by revisiting the five movies — even if the most recent ones may seem not as good as The Curse of the Black Pearl.