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I really liked what this guy has to say about Johnny & pirates!
Jack the LadBy Jeff Wilkin Friday, June 3, 2011
I haven’t hit any summer movies yet.
One, it’s not really summer. And two, the movies I want to catch are still early in their runs.
I’m not crazy about going to theaters jammed with a couple hundred people, many of them talking to friends and cell phones during the opening credits.
Nah, I’ll wait until everyone has seen the film, and the theater is ready to yank it. If I’m in the place with 5 other people, that’s OK with me. I’ll put my feet up on the seat in front of me, and watch out for the ushers.
So it will probably be around July before I catch “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” the latest Disney movie starring Johnny Depp as rogue pirate Jack Sparrow.
People who follow movies seriously probably know the Jack and Johnny story. Depp figured pirates were the rock stars of their day, so he dressed his Captain Jack with hair braids and jewelry, beard braids and jewelry, gold teeth, bandana, funky tricorn hat and plenty of eyeliner. In the voice department, Jack got a lilting speech pattern that reminded me more of Snagglepuss, the hard-luck cartoon lion, than a vicious Captain Blood.
The big suits at Disney saw first rushes of the film, and panicked. Depp was ruining the picture with his goofball impersonation of a pirate!
That’s old news. Depp said, “Trust me,” and the series — this is fourth installment — has made Disney caskets full of treasure. Those suits are probably all saying, “Came out just as we planned, J.B.”
What I like about the whole thing is Depp’s appreciation of the character. He really loves playing old Jack, and it shows on screen. I remember reading some story about the actor, and him saying something along the lines of, “If movies dry up for me, and I’ve got to make a living going to shopping malls dressed as Captain Jack, that’s going to be OK.”
I think many actors who have become famous for over-the-top roles kind of hate the association. I liked the Sean Connery James Bond movies, but Sean seemed to resent Bond. He bailed out on the character a couple times, and woe to any writer who dared ask Sir Sean a question about the British agent. And poor old George Reeves hated putting on that “silly suit” during the 1950s’ “Adventures of Superman.” He passed away in 1957, and would never know how many of today’s adults so fondly remember him crashing through walls and catching planes.
Leonard Nimoy groused about Mr. Spock after “Star Trek,” although the movie series during the 1980s into the 1990s made him some big dough. And I think Paul Michael Glaser would have gladly run over Dave Starsky with the character’s gaudy red Gran Torino — Paul was none too fond of his alter ego undercover detective from the 1970s’ “Starsky and Hutch.”
Think Clint Eastwood really liked “Dirty Harry,” although he disdained his cowboy character in television’s “Rawhide.” Remember Clint, it was Rowdy Yates who put you into a position to achieve superstar status.
I know these folks don’t want to be typecast. But if I was Harrison Ford, I’d be drinking toasts to Indiana Jones every night. “Thanks for the lifestyle, pal,” I’d say, looking over my vineyard and sports cars, ringing the servants for another Coors Light.
When I hear about an actor who really likes his role, isn’t ashamed or embarrassed by the dialogue or costume, I’m inclined to see his or her movies. You know they’re going to do a good job.
I get the feeling Depp will play his goofball pirate as long as they’ll let him.
After that, I’ll be looking for Captain Jack at Crossgates or Colonie Center. I’ll buy him a beer. Or a rum.
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