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5 Behind-the-Scenes Facts Most People Don’t Know About the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Movies

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Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the most successful movie franchises of all time. The films are famous for having the best pirate character in recent memory, Jack Sparrow. But the films also have many unbelievable behind-the-scenes facts that will make you appreciate them even more. They might even make you want to be a pirate.

Learning How To Say “Ahoy, Matey!”

Producers wanted to make sure the films were as realistic as possible. This meant they required key cast members to attend “pirate school.” Cast members were taught “pirate skills” by Bob Anderson, a talented swordsman who trained actors of the Star Wars franchise. Anderson also instructed the “pirates” on how to operate cannons.

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Johnny Depp Ad-Libbed…A Lot!

One of the most well-known production facts about the films is that Johnny Depp ad-libbed many scenes. He often ad-libbed his iconic “savvy” phrase, and he had the creative freedom from the directors to improvise with whatever came to his mind, including the famous “I got a jar of dirt” scene. This further proves that Johnny Depp is the only actor who could ever be Captain Jack Sparrow.

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Cast Members Hit The Jackpot

Yes, they became famous celebrities by appearing in these films, but the cast members also were rewarded with another treasure—the cursed coins used during the production of The Curse of the Black Pearl. These coins curse Captain Barbossa and his crew into immortality. After filming ended, cast and crew were allowed to take gold pieces home with them. Fans would probably pay a bag of loot to own those props!

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Geoffrey Rush is the One on the Left

If you’re wondering why Captain Barbossa always appears on the left side of the screen in the films, it’s because Geoffrey Rush insisted on it. He had a film theory that suggested people watch films the same way they read books—from left to right. Rush wanted to be noticed first, so he positioned himself on the left side of his cast members.

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Johnny Depp Was A Real Captain

This could be the most surprising set secret: Johnny Depp was a real captain. Well, at least in the films. Whenever Depp would steer the ship as Captain Jack Sparrow, he was actually steering the ship! Depp was in charge of the cast and crew, literally. Even though he didn’t have any prior knowledge of steering a big vessel, like the Black Pearl, we think he did a pretty good job.

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