In an effort to inject greater realism and depth into his role of Jack Sparrow for the next 'Pirates of the Caribbean' film, Johnny Depp has joined a band of Somali pirates hijacking and ransoming bulk carriers, container ships and tankers off the Somali coast.
Speaking by satellite phone from aboard the pirate's ship in the Gulf of Aden, Depp said that the next 'Pirates' film would "benefit immensely" from his experience of giving chase to, threatening, boarding, and finally taking control of the Sabrina I, a Handymax class bulk carrier owned by the Hamburg-based H. Vogemann Group.
"The first four 'Pirates' films were great entertainment, but I realize now that in some respects they were not completely faithful to the reality of piracy on the high seas," said Depp, "I'm learning something new each day with these guys - from how to kneecap a terrified Filipino captain with a semi-automatic TT-30, to arranging helicopter drops of ransom money, to background details such as how to procure weapons and ammunition from arms dealers in Yemen via intermediaries in Mogadishu. It's not only fascinating, it's going to bring a whole new dimension to Jack Sparrow. Call it artistic integrity."
While Depp is taking away the kind of rich, real-life experience that just can't be matched by skimming a few Wikipedia articles on piracy, he insists that he wants to give something back: "Naturally, Dalmar, Taban, Nadif and the other guys are all invited to the premiere of the next 'Pirates' movie. It'll be interesting to hear how it matches up with their own pirating experience. I think they'll see a lot of themselves in the various characters." Depp has already presented the Somali crew with signed box sets of the complete 'Pirates of the Caribbean' series on blu-ray disc.