Even though certain people thought Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest was awful, disjointed, nonsensical and a slap in the face to the original - there's no denying the film's commercial success.
With that in mind, Entertainment Weekly recently sat down with the captain of it all: Johnny Depp. Here is an excerpt:
You agreed to do the first Pirates film without even seeing a script. Didn't the potential cheese factor of a movie based on a theme park ride turn you off a bit?
No. I don't know why â€" ordinarily it probably would. When I said yes to it, my agent Tracy Jacobs' head spun around like she was going to need traction.
A lot of people were surprised at the idea of you doing a big Disney movie in the first place.
People made more of a big deal about that than I thought was necessary, at least from my perspective. If you look back, Disney has done some amazing things. I was just interested in exploring. I didn't at that point have any idea of how far to explore.
It turned out you explored a lot further than Disney anticipated. Was the studio's reaction to your performance as panicked as legend has it?
Oh, boy. Listen, I ended up at a meeting, at the age of 39 or whatever, going in to meet with Disney executives â€" I mean, these guys push and pull billions of dollars around everyday â€" and the topic of conversation was my teeth, the eyeliner, and the beads hanging from my beard. I was expecting that someone somewhere along the line would have a problem. It seems that all they're ever looking for is the poster boy. I just thought, ''Hey man, I'm the old guy. You've got Orlando and Keira â€" that's a stunning poster. You don't need me.''
Did director Gore Verbinski have your back?
Gore took the brunt of it initially. They kept calling Gore saying, ''You've got to do something about Depp. You've got to talk to him.'' Gore, bless his heart, said, ''Look, I happen to like it. If you want to talk to him, you talk to him. I ain't doing it.'' He stood his ground. And my agent, poor thing, was getting calls from Disney saying, ''What the hell is going on? He's ruining the movie.'' Finally, I just made the call to them and said, ''Look, you hired me to do the gig. If you didn't see the stuff I've done before, that's irresponsible on your part. You had to have some idea of where I was going to go. If you don't like it, you can fire me.''