[This post contains major SPOILERS for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.]
Geoffrey Rush reveals his thoughts on the Barbossa twist in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The fifth installment in the long-running Pirates of the Caribbean franchise arrived this weekend, and it has already run up quite the take at the global box office, though it’s domestic gross hasn’t quite lived up to expectations. The long-awaited Pirates sequel saw the return of franchise veterans, namely Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa, Orlando Bloom as Will Turner, and Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swann, among several others.
Although the story centered on franchise newcomers Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario, who played Henry Turner and Carina Smyth, respectively, the movie was essentially about tying the story to the original trilogy, particularly with regard to Bloom’s Turner and Rush’s Barbossa. The marketing for the film has named the installment as the “final adventure.” Whether it truly becomes the last movie is yet to be determined. However, judging by the events of the story, there is some finality to Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Rush’s Barbossa, who has been part of the franchise since the very beginning, sacrificed himself at the end of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales to save his long-lost daughter, Carina Smyth Barbossa (Scodelario). Neither of them knew they were related to one another until much later in the film, with Barbossa first making the discovery. It turns out, Rush loved the twist. He told Cinemablend that it was a proper way to tie into his backstory.
“It’s a bit like the Dickens novels that, episode by episode, happen over a long period of time and the readers have a contribution to it. I liked that there was a kind of surprising secret from the past that he’s obviously been sitting on and I kind of looked back on the other four films to go, if I had that knowledge, if the writers hadn’t come up with that surprise background secret in his life, it all made sense. And I thought ‘gee maybe that’s where Jack the monkey came from’ it’s a repressed memory that’s found a substitute. Everything made sense.”
Although he has technically been part of each installment in the franchise, there is still quite a bit we don’t know about Barbossa. In fact, we didn’t find out his first name was Hector until the third movie, and even that bit of information was revealed in a throwaway line. Having Carina turn out to be Barbossa’s daughter gives more meaning to the character, and it does offer somewhat of an explanation as to why he cherishes the monkey, Jack, as possibly a substitute for giving away his daughter all those years ago.
With something as successful as Pirates of the Caribbean, it seems unlikely that the fifth movie will remain the last installment, especially given director Joachim Rønning’s comments about the film acting as the beginning of the final adventure. Given what audiences saw in the movie’s post-credits scene, it seems all but confirmed that Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) will return as the villain in what appears to be an inevitable sixth installment. Until then, fans can enjoy Jack Sparrow’s latest adventure in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.