Depp on Studio Reaction to “Jack Sparrow”

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I think it’s common knowledge by now that Johnny Depp raised a few eyebrows early on with his portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Nevertheless, I found his response to some of the studio criticism humorous, as reported by Vanity Fair on the set of “Pirates 4.”

“They couldn’t stand him. They just couldn’t stand him. I think it was Michael Eisner, the head of Disney at the time, who was quoted as saying, ‘He’s ruining the movie.’ ” . . . “Upper-echelon Disney-ites, going, ‘What’s wrong with him? Is he, you know, like some kind of weird simpleton? Is he drunk? By the way, is he gay?’ And so I actually told this woman who was the Disney-ite… ‘But didn’t you know that all my characters are gay?’ Which really made her nervous.”

via Deadline Hollywood

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