It’s no secret, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is one of the best pirate movies there is. After loving the Pirates attraction at Disneyland for so long, seeing that world come to life on the big screen with A-list actors like Johnny Depp (Captain Jack Sparrow), Keira Knightley (Elizabeth Swann), and Orlando Bloom (Will Turner) was simply magical. In fact, we’re such big fans of the film that we previously dug up 10 fun facts about it. Since we love it so much, we decided to look for even more things you probably didn’t know about Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Enjoy!
1. Johnny Depp based his portrayal of Jack on a famous musician.
When approaching the role, Depp looked to none other than The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards. We can definitely see the resemblance–and apparently so did filmmakers behind the series. Richards was cast as Captain Teague, Jack Sparrow’s father, in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.
2. The first shot in the film is actually five cut together.
Despite looking seamless, the shot where the ship emerges from the fog (which opens the film) actually consists of five different shots. The footage was shot at the beginning of filming, but wasn’t completed until two days before the premiere.
3. The writers in charge of the script were on set every day of filming.
Screenwriters Ted Elliott, and Terry Rossio were on set when the film was shooting, an event that is pretty rare in the world of movie-making. This gave the cast more freedom to improv, and have it added to the actual script. Jack’s recurring phrase “savvy” and a familiar line at the end of the film: “Bring me that horizon” were a result of this process.
4. Director Gore Verbinski was afraid of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction as a kid.
He wanted to incorporate how the features of the Disneyland attraction made him both scared (and made him laugh) into the film. Based on how frightening the ghost pirates were, and how hilarious Jack and Will’s lines were, we’d say he nailed that feeling.
5. The eyes of the skeletons actually belong to the actors.
In addition to modeling the pirates’ CGI skeleton forms to match the actor’s bone structure, Verbinski decided to use the cast’s actual eyes to add an extra layer of personality. This is best seen towards the end of the film when Jack turns into a skeleton.
6. Depp and Verbinski have a funny way of describing Jack running away from danger.
They both compared it to a “lizard running on water.” Looking back at Pirates of the Caribbean, we can totally see where they’re coming from.
7. The cast and crew walked away from filming with tons of “treasure.”
When production wrapped, many of the people who worked on the film (including Johnny Depp) picked props out from the treasure cave to take home. According to Verbinski, not a single one of the cursed coins was left behind.
8. The film’s development period began in 1993.
Screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio pitched the idea for the film 10 years before its 2003 release. One of the things that they made sure to include from the original pitch was the idea of cursed gold and ghost stories. According to producer Jerry Bruckheimer, the paranormal element is what really set it apart from previous pirate-themed films.
9. The premiere was held at Disneyland.
Because the Pirates of the Caribbean series is based on one of Disneyland’s popular attractions, holding the premiere at the park was a no-brainer. The red carpet ran the length of Main Street, and ended at the Rivers of America, with the massive screen placed on Tom Sawyer Island. It was the first movie premiere held at Disneyland. Films like The Lone Ranger and Tomorrowland followed suit later on.
10. Elements from the films have been added to the Disneyland attraction.
While many of the scenes and touches in the film were based on the ride (like the dog with the keys in the jail), several things have been taken from the movie and added to the attraction. Guests who climb aboard the boats will find Jack Sparrow hiding throughout the town, which is now under attack by Captain Barbossa. Other touches, like the chest that held the Aztec gold, can also be seen.
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