After five films, the saga of Pirates of the Caribbean She seemed very exhausted, but the public had not entirely lost interest in seeing Johnny Depp in the role of Jack Sparrow. However, at Disney they thought that Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge – 30% had not been successful enough and that they would opt for a reboot. The news was not to the liking of the actor, who during the trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard admitted feeling betrayed by the company.
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The lawsuit against Heard for US $ 50 million is due to the fact that in December 2018 the actress published an article in Washington Post recounting his experience as a victim of domestic abuse, and according to the actor, that caused Disney to fire him from Pirates of the Caribbean. Although Depp was shown at trial that an article prior to Heard’s had already announced that he was out of the franchise, he insists that Disney fired him because of the accusations against him.
During the trial, Johnny said that it was very painful to be left out of Pirates of the Caribbean, since the character of Jack Sparrow is one that he worked hard on (via Movie Web):
It was too painful. It was like someone hit me in the back of the head with a plank… Captain Jack Sparrow was a character that I built from scratch and it was something that of course I put a lot of myself into the character and also having worked on these movies with these people and have added a lot of myself, a lot of my own rewriting of the dialogue, scenes and jokes. I didn’t quite understand how, after that long relationship and a very successful relationship certainly for Disney, suddenly I was guilty until proven innocent.
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Depp adds that he hoped to at least have a decent closure for Sparrow and the other characters:
My feeling was that these characters should have a proper goodbye, so to speak. A franchise can only last so long and there is a way to end a franchise like that and I thought the characters deserved to have their closure, to end the franchise on a really good note. He planned to continue until it was time to stop.
On the betrayal of Disney, this is what he said:
There was a very deep and distinctive feeling of having been betrayed by the people he had been working with, the people he had worked hard for, the people he had given a character they initially despised.
Although the saga had already lost much of its magic (if not all), it was still attracting enough people to the cinema, the proof is that the fifth installment grossed almost US 800 million worldwide, and although not was enough for Disney, a last tape where Jack Sparrow said goodbye would have been ideal, perhaps with the return of the villain Davy Jones, because at the end of Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge it is suggested that the character returned from the sea after the destruction of Poseidon’s trident.
Fans may feel as betrayed as Depp, and the actor has given them reason to be sad, declaring that not even for $300 million and a million alpacas would he return to work with Disney, which in itself already sounds unlikely to happen. Depp’s career was greatly affected when in 2020 he lost the trial against the British newspaper The Sunand Warner Bros. fired him from Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets – fifty%. If you lose the current lawsuit against Amber Heard, it would be more difficult for him to be hired again for a blockbuster, and if he wins it, he is no longer willing to return to Pirates of the Caribbean, in either scenario, the fans lose out. On the other hand, it is known that there is a sixth installment (or a reboot) of Pirates of the Caribbean in development, and it would feature Margot Robbie as the protagonist.
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