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

Fifth part of the franchise devoted to the misadventures 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 freewheeling main actor…

In Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge, Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and his accomplices face new enemies: the fearsome Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) and his ghost crew. The latter have escaped from the Devil’s Triangle with the aim of annihilating all the buccaneers scouring the 7 seas. The hero’s only hope of survival is to find the legendary Trident of Poseidon. This artifact grants whoever holds it all power over the seas and oceans.

Released in 2017, the film was a long-running project launched by Disney; the firm had even announced the start of construction of this opus before the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: the fountain of youth, the previous part, which was a huge success in theaters with 1.045 billion dollars in box office revenue worldwide.

It is an understatement to say that the production of the 5th installment of the (mis)adventures of Jack Sparrow was Homeric and complicated, and from the beginning elsewhere. Categorical refusal of Rob Marshall to return to directing, already; particularly laborious writing of the script, then, as an appetizer. On the spot, in Australia, complaints from animal associations, which concerned importing small primates to embody Barbossa’s monkey. Burst on the set of a man disguised as a pirate, threatening a security guard with a knife…

An erratic Johnny Depp

And Johnny Depp of course. Injured in the hand, the actor was forced to return home to undergo surgery to have a pin placed on his finger. Filming was suspended for several weeks, laying off 200 people until filming resumed.

Once recovered, Depp would have been constantly “drunk, alcoholic and unmanageable”, according to members of the technical team. The actor would have disrupted the smooth running of the filming by his completely erratic behavior. He seemed to be late very oftenforcing the team to wait for hours.

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

The story is moreover abundantly nourished in this article of the HollywoodReporter. “When he got up and turned on the light, it was the signal. The producers called the directors by letting them go: “He’s up! He prepares himself !” There was even a “code” word to conjure up Depp’s belated and problematic routine, like “the eagle flew away. Johnny had no idea what was going on around him”. Surrealist…

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

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

Marital difficulties and expensive lifestyle

The problems and the erratic behavior of the comedian can also be explained by the fact that the actor had already been in turmoil for a while, with his marital troubles with Amber Heard, from whom he has been separated since 2016, and which still continues. in the judiciary.

An explanatory element delivered 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 sue The Management Group (TMG) for $25 million, accusing his former managers of mismanaging his finances, taking out loans without his consent and driving him to the brink of ruin.

In a cross-complaint, TMG highlighted the comedian’s ruinous lifestyle, claiming that it was the cause of his financial difficulties and saying that he had tried many times to make him listen to reason. And to shell like a rosary the lavish expenses of Depp. For 20 years, he had been spending $2 million a month; had spent $75 million to buy 14 houses, several residences in Hollywood, an $18 million yacht, 45 luxury cars…

In the complaint filed by TMG’s attorneyMichael Kump, unlike Depp, included this rather devastating anecdote: for years, he had not learned his texts at all, including therefore on the saga Pirates of the Caribbean. “The actor thus spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to employ a full-time sound engineer, whom he used for years to whisper his lines into an earpiece. Mr. Depp insisted that this sound engineer be maintained every year so that he no longer has to memorize his lines”.

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 obviously confidential terms, which above all allowed Depp to avoid media coverage which would, for sure, have been resounding. In retrospect, in the light of all these elements, we understand better why the filming period of the 5th part of the saga, the months which preceded it and those which followed, were not really easy for the actor. ..

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