Pirates of the Caribbean 5: delays, alcohol … An unruly Johnny Depp on the set – Actus Ciné

Fifth installment of the franchise devoted to the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow played by Johnny Depp, it is an understatement to say that the production of “Salazar’s Revenge” was complicated, with a free-spinning protagonist…

In Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge, Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and his henchmen face new enemies: the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) and his ghost crew. The latter have escaped from the Devil’s Triangle with the aim of destroying all the filibusters that scour the 7 seas. The hero’s only hope for survival is to find Poseidon’s legendary Trident. This artifact gives whoever has it all power over the seas and oceans.

Released in 2017, the film was a long-running project launched by Disney; the company had even announced the start of construction on this opus before the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Fountain of Youth, the previous installment, which was a huge success in theaters with $1,045 billion in box office receipts worldwide.

It’s an understatement to say that the production of the 5th installment of Jack Sparrow’s (Mis)Adventures was Homeric and complicated, and elsewhere from the start. Rob Marshall’s Categorical Refusal to Return to Directing, Already; particularly laborious writing of the script then, as a starter. On the ground, in Australia, complaints from animal associations related to importing small primates to embody the Barbossa monkey. Burst on the set of a man disguised as a pirate, who threatens a guard with a knife…

A whimsical Johnny Depp

And Johnny Depp of course. The actor was injured in his hand and had to return home to undergo surgery that involved placing a pin on his finger. Filming was suspended for several weeks, causing 200 people to be fired until filming resumed.

Once recovered, Depp would have been constant “Drunk, alcoholic and unruly”, said members of the technical team. The actor is said to have disrupted the smooth progress of the recordings due to his completely erratic behavior. He seemed to be late a lotforcing the team to wait for hours.

To the point that the production had a member of the team sheltered outside the actor’s caravan, in an unmarked car, to watch the precise moment Depp emerged. And send the signal to the rest of the team on set to be ready when Depp shows up…

The story is also richly fed in this article by the Hollywood reporter“When he got up and turned on the light, that was the signal. The producers called out to the directors by letting them go, ‘He’s awake! He is preparing!” There was even a “code” word to recall Depp’s late and problematic routine, such as: “the eagle flew away. Johnny had no idea what was happening around him.” surreal…

The cumulative delays and Depp’s alcoholism problem are said to have sparked a muscular pass between Jerry Bruckheimer, the film’s producer, and Depp’s agent, Tracey Jacobs, who was fired from elsewhere in 2016. “You have to do something, you are the producer!” Jacobs would have said to Bruckheimer. Who would have replied: “You’re his agent, it’s up to you to do something!” Good atmosphere…

When Depp finally appeared on set, “he was quite charming. In fact it was Yin and Yang. No one should underestimate Johnny Depp’s dedication and dedication to his role and the franchise.” said producer Scott Bailey.

Marital problems and expensive lifestyle

The comedian’s troubles and erratic behavior can also be explained by the fact that the actor has been in turmoil for some time, with his marital problems with Amber Heard, who he has been separated from since 2016 and which continues to this day. at the judiciary.

An explanatory element provided a posteriori also sheds interesting light on this period. The towel was already burning between the actor and the ex-company responsible for his interests. In January 2017, he will decide to press charges The management group (TMG) for $25 million, accusing his former executives of mismanaging his finances, taking out loans without his consent and driving him to the brink of ruin.

In an indictment, TMG highlighted the comedian’s ruinous lifestyle, claimed it was the root of his financial troubles, and said he had tried many times to get him to listen to reason. And to cover Depp’s lavish spending like a rosary. For twenty years he had spent $2 million a month; had spent $75 million to buy 14 houses, several Hollywood properties, an $18 million yacht, 45 luxury cars…

In the complaint lodged by TMG’s lawyerMichael Kump, unlike Depp, added this rather devastating anecdote: For years he hadn’t learned his lyrics at all, including on the saga pirates of the caribbeanSo the actor spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to hire a full-time sound engineer, whom he used for years to whisper his lines into an ear. Mr. Depp insisted that this sound engineer be serviced every year so that he no longer to remember his rules”.

Two months after the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge, in July 2017, the star’s lawyers announced that they had reached an agreement with the opposing party. An agreement with clearly confidential terms, which allowed Depp mostly to avoid media attention, which certainly would have been resounding. In retrospect, in light of all these elements, we understand better why the filming period of the 5th part of the saga, the months preceding it and the months following, were not really easy for the actor. †

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