Rush reveals Depp efforts to relax 'Pirates' cast

Rush reveals Depp efforts to relax 'Pirates' cast

Johnny Depp created a relaxed atmosphere on the set of the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise by holding rehearsals at a bar.

The 47-year-old actor stars as rum swilling pirate Captain Jack Sparrow in the Disney films and co-star Geoffrey Rush has revealed Johnny was so determined to make everyone comfortable from the start that he got them out of the studio and into his bar, The Viper Room – which he has since sold - for a read through.

He said: “I can’t deny the scale of it. I remember when we were all about to sit down for a table read through at the Disney offices once and Johnny decided we should do it in his club, the Viper Room, instead, so as we would feel on a human scale.

“So if there is a relaxed atmosphere on set, I think it is down to him. He says he sees it as an independent film that happens to have a s**tload of money attached to it.”

Geoffrey revealed he only understood the enormity of the budgets involved while shooting a scene for the third movie, when a crew of 800 people were involved in shooting a short scene.

He explained to Seven magazine: “For six actors to have a dialogue on the beach meant there were 800 people to provide lunch for, stunt men, people to rake the sand between takes and so on. So at that point we did feel pressure not to screw up.”

More in this Section

Angelina Jolie calls for action to get children back to schoolAngelina Jolie calls for action to get children back to school

Fairport Convention singer Judy Dyble dies at 71Fairport Convention singer Judy Dyble dies at 71

Helen Mirren, Liam Gallagher and Simon Pegg donate items to charity auctionHelen Mirren, Liam Gallagher and Simon Pegg donate items to charity auction

Rosie Ramsey says she has been an ’emotional wreck’ during her pregnancyRosie Ramsey says she has been an ’emotional wreck’ during her pregnancy


Lifestyle

Conservationist Giles Clark takes on the illegal wildlife trade, as well as the task of building a bear sanctuary in Laos, South-east Asia, in BBC Two series Bears About The House.Five minutes with ... Giles Clark

Forget G-spots. Let's focus on the C-spot and close the orgasm gap once and for all.Sex File: The G-spot is dead. Long live the C-spot

Workshop leaders from the West Cork Literary Festival offer tips for writing in areas such as biography, short stories and travel, writes Des O’DriscollSo you want to be a writer?

'He told us we were so scared of dying, we forgot how to live” - Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment is this week's podcast pickPodcast Corner: Guru tells of sweat-lodge tragedy and James Arthur Ray

More From The Irish Examiner