Brenton Thwaites has steadily built up a career in the fantasy genre, appearing in films like Maleficent, Gods of Egypt, and – now – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. In the film, he plays Henry Turner, the son of Orlando Bloom’s William Turn, on a quest to find Poseidon’s Trident in order to break his father free from his curse.
Screen Rant sat down with Brenton on press day, where we discussed his character Henry Turner, what it was like working on set, and where he would like to see Henry Turner’s journey go next.
Brenton, congratulations on the film. It was a lot, a lot of fun. Tell me about young Henry Turner.
Brenton Thwaites: Young Henry Turner, um, young, young Henry Turner, the nine year old version we see at the start of the movie trying to connect with his dad, tie himself onto a rock, and dropping into the middle of the ocean. And we see Will resurface on board the Dutchman and basically say, you know, “You can’t keep doing this because one day I’m not going to be there.” And young Henry says, “I believe there is a treasure to break your curse.” And what follows is Will Turner saying, “If there is anything like that, there is only one guy that can help you get it and that’s Jack Sparrow.” We learn early on that Henry is educated in the myths of the sea and the supernatural and he is basically trying to find Jack Sparrow to tell him please help me save my father.
You know I’m sure you grew up watching all of these Pirate movies when you were younger. What did you learn on set from a lot of these veteran actors that you were surrounded with?
Brenton Thwaites: A number of things. I think, um, the main thing was just their commitment to their character and how relaxed they are in the moment. Watching these guys is kind of theatrical, you know, in the sense that the sets are fantastic. The characters, the costumes, the whole world is right there. You know, there is only a small element to this that was CGI, you know, mainly in the background or having to do with Javier’s hair or something like that. So, we had a lot to act and react with in the moment and, you know, provided the space and the opportunities to do that, these guys are just geniuses, you know. There were so many takes that we got to see that are not in the movie. So I kind of feel lucky that we were audience members in that.
That’s awesome. One thing that I noticed about this film is that it could be interpreted to being the end or, in other cases, it could be a new beginning. Which one is it for you?
Brenton Thwaites: I think it’s a new beginning. I think it’s tying a lot of loose ends together and also providing an opportunity to continue the story and to continue the journey. There’s a bunch of new characters in this film, so in this one we sort of, you know, playing in their own moments and continuing their own stories, but there is definitely room to explore their backstories and their relationships in the next one if there is another one.
Speaking of new beginnings and possibly next ones, where would you like to see Henry go next?
Brenton Thwaites: Um, God, I haven’t really thought about it. I would like to see him explore relationships with his family a little bit more. I mean, that theme of family has been carried from the first movies and I really liked that. I think there’s a lot of room for relationship exploration with Carina. It’s a funny relationship where they like each other, but they are constantly butting heads and disagreeing and I think there’s an opportunity for comedy and, you know, the start for a whole new journey for those guys.
Right. Their characters are a huge contrast in terms of their philosophies almost.
Brenton Thwaites: Right. Opposites attract I guess in this one.
Last question I have for you is do you think we’d see an adventure with you and Orlando’s character?
Brenton Thwaites: Oh, I hope so! Father and son fighting off the baddies. I’d love that.
Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” also stars Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs, Golshifteh Farahani as the sea-witch Shansa, David Wenham as Scarfield, Stephen Graham as Scrum, and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa. Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are directing “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” with Jerry Bruckheimer producing. The executive producers are Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Joe Caracciolo, Jr., Terry Rossio and Brigham Taylor. The story is by Jeff Nathanson and Terry Rossio, and Jeff Nathanson wrote the screenplay.
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