“Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me. We pillage, we plunder, we rifle and loot” is the opening lyrics to A Pirates Life For Me, the annoyingly repetitive song heard during the ride Pirates of the Caribbean. Pirates, for the most part, aren’t typically thought of as trustworthy. “We’re rascals, scoundrels, villains and knaves” the remind us later in the song. It should come as no surprise that the film franchise named after the ride tries to be just as sneaky with their audiences.
As this century started, no film company would have dreamed of making a movie based off a theme park attraction. While reboots, remakes and wacky adaptations are common now, the success of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies changed everything. From the moment Johnny Depp makes his dramatically silly entrance, audiences knew they were in for something special. They just didn’t know everything.
No one could of guessed that Depp, seemingly perfect as Captain Jack Sparrow, was not intended for the role. The script seemed flawless, yet Depp and others always ad-libbed lines, with many unscripted lines making the final cut of the film. People would never know that the films’ director, Gore Verbinski, was scared of the original ride, or that Captain Barbarossa has a good, even if it’s not right, side. Keira Knightley was too young, and Orlando Bloom was totally lickable are secrets never told till now.
We’re tearing down the Jolly Roger to expose the truths on tales of lenient safety standards and blatant film flubs. Share this video, making sure everyone know the truth behind these “beggars and blighters and ne’er do-well cads. Drink up me ‘earties, yo ho.”