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Clothing and smears of charcoal were used to conceal Johnny Depp's numerous tattoos. The "Jack Sparrow" tattoo on his arm in the movie is a fake, but he got a real replica after finishing the film, in honor of his son Jack.
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Johnny Depp wore contact lenses, which served as sunglasses, so he wouldn't be squinting in the sun all the time.
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According to the DVD commentaries, Geoffrey Rush has a theory that people watch the screen from left to right, just like when they read a book. Therefore, he tried to be in the left side of the screen as often as possible. He was particularly intent on doing this in the scenes with the monkey and Keira Knightley, because he didn't think anyone would look at him otherwise.
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(at around 1h 30 mins) Jack (the monkey) is seen smiling when Barbossa thanks him specifically after he returns the Aztec coin to him, after Jack Sparrow chases him. In the special features on the DVD, it is revealed that the monkey did this purely by chance, and it was not planned out in any way.
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There is a small scab on Jack Sparrow's chin that gets bigger and bigger throughout the movie. The make-up artist and Johnny Depp did it on purpose as a prank.
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According to the screenwriters' commentary on the DVD, Will Turner is the best swordsman in the film, Barbossa and Commodore Norrington are evenly matched, and Jack Sparrow is actually the worst.
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Keira Knightley claimed she was so sure she was going to get fired after a few days work on this film, she only packed a few things to go with her to start filming.
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(at around 1h 6 mins) The scene where Orlando Bloom impersonates Johnny Depp's performance was devised by Bloom, who asked producer Jerry Bruckheimer if he could put it into the movie.
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Johnny Depp improvised Jack Sparrow's catch phrase, "Savvy?"
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(at around 2h 10 mins) One of the film's last lines - "Bring me that horizon" - was conceived by Johnny Depp on the morning the scene was filmed.
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The East India Company (the real-life counterpart of the film franchise's East India Trading Company) really did brand pirates with a "P", but it was put on their forehead instead of their arm.
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Originally, Johnny Depp wanted Jack Sparrow to have no nose and be afraid of silly things like pepper and the common cold. Disney rejected the idea.
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When filming in the cave, excessive make-up was added to the actors so they wouldn't looked washed out on film. When the crew realized how cool the make-up looked on Johnny Depp, they continued to use it on him for the rest of the movie.
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The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is the tenth highest grossing franchise ever.
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Robert De Niro was offered the role of Captain Jack Sparrow, but he declined, thinking that the movie wouldn't do well in the box office as many other pirate movies in the past. He was proven wrong, and so he accepted the role of Captain Shakespeare in the movie Stardust (2007).
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The various "eunuch" lines were improvisations by Johnny Depp.
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Industrial Light and Magic designers scanned turkey jerky to create the effect of decomposing skin when the pirates turn into their skeletal forms.
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Johnny Depp's character, Captain Jack, is portrayed as having gold teeth in the film. The gold teeth were Depp's idea, but he predicted that executives would want fewer gold teeth, and told his dentist to implant more gold teeth as a bargaining tool. Sparrow's final number of gold teeth in the film was what Depp had envisioned all along.
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Keira Knightley revealed on a talk show that during the filming of the movie, she had to constantly have padding to make her chest appear "like there's something there."
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When casting for the role of Will Turner, it was down to Orlando Bloom or Heath Ledger. Gore Verbinski chose Bloom, because he heard he was in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and felt he would be a more bankable choice.
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The title was originally just "Pirates of the Caribbean", but the name was changed in the hope that it would do well at the box office and a sequel could be made.
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(at around 41 mins) When Will wakes up after being knocked out, the morning after the Port Royal siege, he looks out into the port, and in the background is a young girl sweeping a porch. The actress is Lucinda Dryzek, who plays Young Elizabeth in the beginning of the film.
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Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio have said in interviews that they wrote the script in the early '90s. Somehow, Steven Spielberg got hold of the script, and wanted to direct the film with Bill Murray, Steve Martin, or Robin Williams playing Captain Jack Sparrow. But Disney did not give permission for the film to be made.
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The facial hair sported by Gibbs is Kevin McNally's own. He grew it to shorten the time spent on make-up during filming.
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Keira Knightley was only eighteen years old when this movie came out.
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(at around 26 mins) The substance sprayed on William Turner, after the sword fight between him and Captain Jack Sparrow, is actually powdered chocolate.
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HIDDEN MICKEY: (at around 35 mins) The final cannon shot during the Black Pearl's siege of the town, billows into a Mickey Mouse head shape against the night sky.
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When returning from a night shoot on one of the Caribbean islands, Keira Knightley's boat struck a reef and went down. The only people aboard were Knightley, her mother Sharman Macdonald, and the boat's skipper, all of whom escaped unharmed and were rescued within a few hours. However, the incident ultimately determined that the rest of the island night shoots would be filmed in a studio, rather than on-location.
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Writer and co-creator Stuart Beattie wrote the part of Jack Sparrow with Hugh Jackman in mind (Beattie and Jackman attended the same Australian high school). The character's first name was even a nod to the actor's name. However, Disney did not feel Jackman was a big enough star for the part, so the part was eventually offered to Johnny Depp. This was also considered to be a commercial risk because Depp, although a respected actor, was hardly a bankable star at the time. Fortunately, the gamble paid off when the movie became the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2003.
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Keira Knightley admitted in an interview that she is so flat-chested that they had to add make up to her cleavage to make her look like a buxom pirate girl. It was all done by the film-studio art of "bosom make-up", a skill from Hollywood's golden age that fell out of favor with the advent of silicone enhancements. Knightley said: "They painted my t**s on me for the films, which is extraordinary because it's kind of a dying art form. In the past, they used to have whole sections of the studios devoted to bosom make-up. And I loved it, completely loved it. Because it was the first time in my life I had big t**s, and I didn't even need surgery." She said the process of creating the cleavage took 45 minutes every morning before filming started. A make-up artist would apply a slightly darker shade of base make-up between Miss Knightley's own breasts to create a shadow to increase the "cleavage effect."
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The first theatrical trailer was released with The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), to capitalize on the fact that both films starred Orlando Bloom.
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(at around 16 mins) During the scene when Elizabeth Swann falls into the ocean, activating the coin around her neck, the clouds in the sky form an outstretched, grasping hand coming towards the island.
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The name "Barbossa" might have been derived from the real Turkish pirate "Barbarossa". Barbarossa, also known as "Redbeard", was once a pirate in the Aegean and the Mediterranean seas before he became a Fleet Admiral of the Ottoman Empire Navy.
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The names of the three main characters are all linked to birds. Jack Sparrow, Elizabeth Swann, and William Turner, who was a famous ornithologist.
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Keira Knightley wore colored contact lenses, like Johnny Depp's, in the last scene of the movie. But since her eyes are lighter than Depp's, they had to be dark in the center and light on the outside. She complained they made her so dizzy that she threw them away the night after shooting.
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In an attempt to ward off the seasickness that struck the rest of the cast and crew, Keira Knightley took a travel sickness pill... and fell asleep instead.
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The ship used as the "H.M.S. Interceptor" is an actual ship, the "Lady Washington", and is the official tall ship ambassador of the State of Washington. She can also be seen in Star Trek: Generations (1994), and was used as a reference for the R.L.S. Legacy in Treasure Planet (2002). It has also been used in the show Once Upon a Time (2011) as Killian Jones' a.k.a. Captain Hook's ship, "The Jolly Roger."
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The movie's world premiere was located at Disneyland Park at the Disneyland Resort in California, home to the original Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, on June 28, 2003. This was the first ever movie premiere at Disneyland.
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Zoe Saldana did not enjoy her time on this film. She said, "Those weren't the right people for me. I'm not talking about the cast. The cast was great. I'm talking about the political stuff that went on behind closed doors. It was a lot of above-the-line versus below-the-line, extras versus actors, producers versus P As. It was very elitist. I almost quit the business. I was 23 years old, and I was like, "F- this!" I am never putting myself in this situation again. People disrespecting me because they look at my number on a call sheet and they think I'm not important. F- you."
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The tattoo that Orlando Bloom got on his right wrist during The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) is covered throughout most of the film. It's visible during the sword-fight in the blacksmith shop when Will raises his sword to parry after Jack's "You're not a eunuch, are you?" and again below decks on the Interceptor where Elizabeth reveals she took the medallion and Will realizes it was his blood the pirates need to lift the curse - you can see it just as he reaches to touch the medallion on her chest.
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Was denied a release in China because the film contained references to ghosts, the supernatural, and the afterlife.
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The skull and crossed blades flag was the flag of "Calico" John Rackam, longtime lover of notorious female pirate Anne Bonny.
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This was the first PG-13 release under the Walt Disney Pictures label in the United States. The Walt Disney Company, however, has released PG-13 and R-rated films under the Touchstone Pictures and Hollywood Pictures labels since the 1980s.
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Captain Jack Sparrow's pirate flag is actually two pirate flags combined to be a unique flag especially for him. The skull is from "Calico" Jack Rackham's flag, and the crossed bones are a general item from several different flags, often referring to death.
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British metal band Bring Me The Horizon got their band name from one of the last lines in the film, "bring me that horizon".
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The monkey "Jack" is played by two capuchin monkeys. One is a ten-year old female named Tara, the other is an eight-year old male named Levi.
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Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski wanted to use the massive water tank in Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico used for Titanic (1997) and Pearl Harbor (2001), but Peter Weir's film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) had the tank booked during the time Pirates was scheduled to shoot.
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The film was such a success that Disney closed their Pirates of the Caribbean attractions at Disneyland, California and Walt Disney World, Florida to update them. The new storyline of the attractions is Captain Barbossa chasing Jack Sparrow, both of whom were added in the form of animatronics. Disneyland opened their updated attraction on June 26, 2006, two days after the world premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006). Walt Disney World opened its new attraction on July 7, 2006. Disney World did give a sneak peak to the ride on July 6, 2006 after the park closed to Resort Members during Extra Magic Hours.
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Before the film was made, The Walt Disney Company considered making this a direct-to-video film, with Cary Elwes, Rik Mayall, and Christopher Walken being the top three choices for the role of Captain Jack Sparrow.
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When Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio originally pitched the movie to the Disney executives in the early '90s, it was rejected, most likely due to the audience's lack of interest in pirate movies since the 1970s. It wasn't until Jay Wolpert was asked by the studio to write a story based on the famous Disney theme park attractions that the project finally got off the ground.
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Keira Knightley almost didn't make it to the audition because of a traffic jam.
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In an early version of the script, according to the DVD commentary, Norrington was to ask Elizabeth to marry him, and she says no. Enraged by this, Norrington was going to join Barbossa, and the two of them were going to try to take over the Caribbean. However, this script was turned down.
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The only film in the franchise in which there are no company credits at the beginning of the film.
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The island "Isla de Muerta" is Spanish for "Island of Death", or "Death Island". Tortuga is also Spanish, meaning "turtle".
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(at around 23 mins) During the swordfight scene between Jack Sparrow and Will Turner in the blacksmith shop, the clanging of their swords are just about in sync with the rhythm of the incidental music.
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Jude Law, Ewan McGregor, Tobey Maguire, Ben Peyton, Christopher Masterson, and Christian Bale were all considered for the role of Will Turner.
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Stick around after the credits for an additional scene.
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The island on which Jack and Elizabeth are left is called Petit Tabac, part of Tobago Cays, a popular sailing destination comprising of five uninhabited islands. When a Finnish sailing crew visited the island in January 2003, they discovered a pile of debris and burned palm tree leaves. They were not aware it had been a recent movie shooting scene.
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(at around 1h 15 mins) In one scene, Jack Sparrow reveals that the pirate term "parley" originated with the French. The word "parler" or "parlez" (pronounced "par-lay") are forms of the French verb "to speak".
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The figurehead (a sculpted ornament on the bow of ancient vessels) of the ship carrying Elizabeth and Governor Swann at the beginning of the movie is actually the coat of arms of the United Kingdom, and it is the figurehead of an actual ship of the line, the H.M.S. Victory, which participated in the Trafalgar Battle against combined French and Spanish navies under the command of Lord Horatio Nelson in 1805. H.M.S. Victory is now preserved at Portsmouth, England, as a museum and is the oldest commissioned warship in the world. She still has a Captain and crew, although is no longer seaworthy, having been in dry dock since 1922. The crest holds the French motto of the British monarchs "Dieu et mon droit" (God and my right) and the Old French motto of the Order of the Garter "Honi soit qui mal y pense" (Evil be unto him that thinks evil).
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Parley was originally a meeting between Kings and their retainers, and later became a meeting between enemy forces to discuss truce. Land forces traditionally signal a request for parley under a white flag, and naval forces under a black flag. Somewhat confusingly, a black flag flown by land forces is traditionally taken to mean "no quarter" -no surrender accepted - such as the black flag flown by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana during the Texas Revolutionary War.
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The medal hanging from Norrington's neck early in the film identifies him as a Knight Commander in the Most Honourable Order of the Bath.
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Many of the crew got seasick while filming.
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On August 10, 2002, a fire started on the soundstage where the movie was shot. Nobody was hurt, and the damage was estimated to be 350,000 dollars.
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Keira Knightley's hair was extended, because it was still short from her previous role.
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Although pirates Pintel (Lee Arenberg) and Ragetti (Mackenzie Crook) feature quite prominently in this film (and the next two Pirates of the Caribbean movies), they are only referred to as such in the credits. In fact, their names are never used on-screen until Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007).
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Throughout the film, Barbossa is seen holding a Granny Smith apple, which originated in Australia, with the intent for it to be the first thing he eats. Geoffrey Rush, who plays Barbossa, is Australian.
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The film effectively ended the 'Pirate movie curse' that was believed to be in effect since the mid-1970s, when movies such as Swashbuckler (1976), The Pirate Movie (1982), Savage Islands (1983), Yellowbeard (1983) and Pirates (1986) had all severely underperformed at the box office. Later attempts to revive the genre with Waterworld (1995) and Cutthroat Island (1995) had also failed to make a profit. Media expectations for Pirates of the Caribbean were understandably low at first, but it became a world-wide artistic and commercial success.
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In the original draft of the script, Barbossa was Italian, not English.
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References to the Disneyland attractions include (but are not limited to): three uses of the song "(Yo Ho, Yo Ho) A Pirate's Life for Me" by Xavier Atencio and George Bruns in the opening scene (sung by young Elizabeth), when Jack and Elizabeth are marooned on the island, and in the end by Jack. The jail scenes, in which the prisoners try to tempt the dog who holds the key to their cell. Jack says, "That dog is never going to move" - although the movie dog eventually does, the one in the ride doesn't. Jack later tries to tempt it with a bone, as does one of the audio-animatronic pirates in the ride. The "burning town" sequence, and within it, the redheaded prostitute (who slaps Jack), the "stuffed pirate" drinking the rum spurting out of a barrel, and the pirate chasing the lady (in the ride they're circling a barrel or pillar) Jack's initial discovery of Gibbs sleeping with the pigs The line "Dead men tell no tales", said by the macaw, which is repeated throughout the ride's narration A quick shot of a skeleton sprawled on the beach of the Isla de Muerta, with a crab nearby During the raid on the town, seen is a man being dunked into a well. A skeletal Barbossa drinks wine, which trickles through his exposed ribcage, as one of the skeletal pirates do. During the battle scene between the two ships, Black Pearl and the Interceptor Captain Barbossa refers to his crew as "bloomin cockroaches" just like the captain in the ride does when his ship attacks a local town fort. In Tortuga, we see a pirate drinking rum on top of two barrels and is wobbling just like in the ride. There are references to cursed treasure in the ride: old pirates speak of cursed treasure and how you probably don't believe in it, and the line "Who knows when that evil curse will strike the greedy beholders of this bewitched treasure." The woman wearing a red dress at Tortuga island that slaps Jack and he wonders if he deserved it is a character in the ride. Part of the Caribbean Beach Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, is called "Port Royal". It is also the name of the shop at the exit of The Pirates Attraction in Disneyland.
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Orlando Bloom's character shares the name of real life Captain William Thomas Turner (1856-1933), Captain of the R.M S. Lusitania.
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The studio was interested in Matthew McConaughey as Sparrow because of his resemblance to Burt Lancaster, who had inspired the original script's interpretation of the character.
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The "Fort" in Port Royal is actually not on St. Vincent, but at a closed down amusement park (Marineland) in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
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Keira Knightley was 17 years old at the time of filming.
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Chip and Salsa play the parrot that talks for the pirate Cotton (David Bailie), whose tongue was cut out in a disagreement. Only one bird appears at a time, but both birds play the same character. Chip performed in most of the scenes where the parrot was required to sit patiently on a character's shoulder. Salsa performed most of the tricks and when a scene required more animation, such as flying.
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There's a misunderstanding that Hans Zimmer only produced Klaus Badelt's score for this film, and didn't work on it himself at all. In fact, Zimmer composed the main themes of the film (one of them was reused from his score from Drop Zone (1994)), while Badelt did the rest. This was confirmed with the release of the CD of "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End", which has a leaflet that mentions this.
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Michael Keaton, Jim Carrey, and Christopher Walken were all considered for the role of Captain Jack Sparrow.
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The film's title in Germany translates to "Curse of the Caribbean".
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The female pirate Anamaria (Zoe Saldana) is a possible reference to Anne Bonny and Mary Read, two infamous female pirates from the 18th century.
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Only 6 days of the film's production were actually shot at sea.
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The British Navy would not have promoted a man to "Commodore" as a rank. Commodore was a distinction held as a temporary post when a post-Captain commanded more than one ship at a time and was given the privilege of wearing a Vice Admiral's coat only for the duration of the commission. After the mission set out by the Admiralty was completed the rank reverted to post-Captain.
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The word "parley" is said a total of fifteen times.
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(at around 1h 5 mins) As Jack Sparrow's crew arrive at Isla de Muerta, Cotton's parrot says "Dead men tell no tales" which is the name of the fifth installment (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)) released in 2017.
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(at around 1h 15 mins) Parley is actually French for "to speak." Jack Sparrow actually gives a nod to this when Pintel, annoyed by the continuous usage of the rule, exclaims he hates the man who created the rule, to which Sparrow replies "That would be the French."
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WILHELM SCREAM: Heard during the battle on the Dauntless between the Royal Navy and Barbossa's crew.
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Amanda Bynes, Jessica Alba, and Jaimie Alexander were considered for the role of Elizabeth Swann.
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Steven Spielberg wanted Sylvester McCoy for the role of Governor Swann.
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(at around 25 mins) During the blacksmith sword fight scene, Orlando Bloom's tattoo on his right arm can be seen. Bloom got the tattoo while filming The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001). That tattoo is the number nine in Tengwar (Writing of the Elves).
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Alan Silvestri was first suggested to provide the score, but got replaced by Klaus Badelt. However, some movie posters still show the credit "Music by Alan Silvestri". These posters also show a different story credit, omitting the fourth story writer Jay Wolpert: "Screen Story by Stuart Beattie and Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio".
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Jimmy Buffett was offered a role as a pirate, but had to decline, due to previous engagements.
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The backstory of Giselle and Scarlett (played by Vanessa Branch and Lauren Maher respectively), the two women slapping Jack Sparrow, when he and Will first arrive at Tortuga, is detailed in the short movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Tales of the Code: Wedlocked (2011).
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After the box office failure of The Country Bears (2002), then Disney CEO Michael Eisner attempt to shut down production of the film because he thought it wouldn't perform well and wasn't a fan of Johnny Depp's performance. However, Gore Verbinski told his concept artists to keep working on the picture, and when Eisner came to visit, the executive was astonished by what had been created.
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The words "pirate" and "piracy" are said 56 times.
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The treasure cave set had been ransacked of its props by the cast and crew before production wrapped. Johnny Depp mentions he and his daughter walked away with a lot of treasure, and Gore Verbinski mentions none of the cursed coins were left when everyone was done.
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Will gets into a fight with one pirate, who's slammed through a window by a falling sign. A few minutes later, he's up and about again, one of the first hints something's up with the pirates.
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In Italian the title is "The Curse of the First Moon", without "Pirates of the Caribbean" at the beginning.
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The filming began on Wednesday 9th October 2002 and ended at Friday 7th March 2003.
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Tom Wilkinson was briefly considered for the role of Governor Swann.
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Voted number 4 in Channel 4's (England) "Greatest Family Films".
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Keira Knightley revealed on a talk show that during the filming of the movie, she had to constantly have padding to make her chest appear "like there's something there."
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Early in the film, Orlando Bloom kept trying to play his character cooler than he actually is. He wanted to play the character more like Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow, but Gore Verbinski had to keep reiterating to him how uncool Will Turner is. "You're still a dork," Verbinski would say to him.
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Ted Elliott was allegedly writing a George Lucas-produced animated film adaptation of The Curse of Monkey Island, which was cancelled before its official announcement, three years prior to the release of the first film. This film was allegedly in production at Industrial Light and Magic before being cancelled. Ron Gilbert, the creator of the Monkey Island series, has jokingly expressed a bitterness towards Pirates of the Caribbean, specifically the second film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006), for its similarities to his game. Gilbert has also stated that On Stranger Tides, a novel by Tim Powers which was adapted into the fourth film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), was the principal source of inspiration for his video games.
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At one point during filming, a group of locals warned the crew of reefs just under the surface of the water. The marine units on set assured Gore Verbinski they had GPS and knew exactly where every reef in the area was. This eventually led to Keira Knightley and her mother being stuck on an uncharted reef in the middle of the night. "They don't sail around there at night," says Verbinski referring to the locals. "No. They're smart," replies Johnny Depp.
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Originally, Jack Sparrow was never shown actually taking one of the coins. It was left ambiguous, but early test audiences were confused as to whether or not he had had a coin from the beginning or if he had always been a ghost. Instead of going back for reshoots, a shot was found that could be reversed and slowed to make the palming of the coin clearer.
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This is Klaus Badelt's first and only music score for a Disney movie until Christopher Robin (2018).
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When Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp met for the first time, the director wondered how far Depp would take his approach to the character. Initially, Depp had an idea for Sparrow that the pirate had lost his nose in a sword-fight but it had been sewn back on. His idea was for Sparrow to have a blue nose since the circulation would be bad, and that his real fears wouldn't be death but the common cold and pepper. As soon as Depp said it, he knew it wouldn't be an idea that could be followed through on. Meanwhile, during the pitch, Verbinski was trying to work out how to sell the nose idea to Disney.
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While filming the scene where Sparrow is captured in the treasure cave, Gore Verbinski kept the scene going while Johnny Depp and Lee Arenberg ad libbed dialogue about parlay, the French, mayonnaise, and even more talk about eunuchs. Much of this was cut.
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Barbossa seemingly incorrectly claims Elizabeth's dress is "still warm" despite the fact that they can't feel. This could be a tactic to rile up and inspire his crew and remind them what they're fighting to get back.
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Filming was supposed to begin in June 2002, but was delayed until October 2002.
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In the scene where Jack is trying to remember the word "parley", he is guessing various similar words. By the end of it, off the screen, he repeats as for himself "partner, partner" in a slight Indian accent. This is a hidden homage to Peter Sellers, performing an Indian actor in the comedy "The Party", where one of the characters Peter is addressing frequently by the name Howdy Partner.
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Trevor Loomis, the focus puller, used to have a job landing airplanes on an aircraft carrier. Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp recall how precise his distance judgement was.
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Geoffrey Rush was adamant about choreographing and practicing the sword-fighting scenes to the point that the stunt team would become sick of dealing with him. Likewise, Depp believes Sparrow to have a Muhammed Ali approach to sword-fighting, keeping his arms down and letting his opponent come to him. Least amount of energy used for the maximum level of results is the character's general thought on most things.
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It was important to differentiate the Black Pearl crew members from one another even when they were in their skeleton form. The eyes used for the characters are actually the actors' eyes, just one of the decisions made between Gore Verbinski and ILM to give the skeletal versions of the characters a personality. Likewise, in the end scene, Johnny Depp's real eyes are used for skeleton Jack Sparrow. Verbinski notes that Geoffrey Rush's Barbossa is the only character in the film who delivers the typical, pirate, hard R.
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Gore Verbinski mentions there are so many flubs in the film that people don't even notice. He says there are shots that have crew members in frame that no one, to his knowledge, has pointed out before.
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The website for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is DisneyPirates.Com.
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Gore Verbinski wrote Geoffrey Rush a letter saying Rush was his third choice for the role of Barbossa, because he couldn't get Alec Guinness or Peter Sellers.
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When Jack states that the French are those that invented the term parley, he is partly correct. A parley is defined as a conference between opposing sides in a dispute, especially a discussion of terms for an armistice. The term comes from the French verb parler, of same pronunciation, which means to speak.
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The first shot of the movie, the shot of the ship coming out of the fog, is really five shots cut together to appear seamless. It was all shot early in the the shooting schedule, but it wasn't finished until two days before the film's release date.
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Keira Knightley was 17 when filming Curse of the Black Pearl. Her mother traveled with her to all of the shooting locations.
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To keep on schedule, Gore Verbinski and crew had to constantly be shooting. This caused much of the backgrounds and certain ships to be fully created in post-production using CGI. Verbinski believes the constant shooting aided in the intimate feeling on set. It was doubly important to keep Curse of the Black Pearl on schedule, as water movies notoriously fall behind schedule.
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The Pirates of the Caribbean ride freaked Gore Verbinski out as a kid. He liked how the ride scared him and made him laugh at the same time, and this was a sensibility he wanted to bring to the film.
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Producer Jerry Bruckheimer was unsure about characters Pintell and Rigetti wearing dresses near the end of the film. When Gore Verbinski went to pick them up from costume designer Penny Rose, she told him she had been told not to make them. Nonetheless, she assured Verbinski she had made them anyway.
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Researching pirates, Johnny Depp discovered that, in their day, they were regarded as rock stars. This led him to his now-famous interpretation of Jack Sparrow as an 18th century Keith Richards. At the first read-through of the script, Depp surprised everyone with his broad portrayal as it wasn't anything close to what they expected. Disney executives were initially resistant, thinking the character was either drunk or gay, with Disney CEO Michael Eisner concerned that Depp was "ruining the film".
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There were moments where Gore Verbinski would purposefully frame Johnny Depp out, since his performance as Jack Sparrow was so strong.
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Not counting most films from Touchstone Pictures which were distributed but not produced by Disney, this is the first theatrical Disney film to have a PG-13 rating from the MPAA.
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(at around 1h 25 mins) The inside surface of the raised gun port hatch appears to have a knife, fork, and spoon stuck in it.
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Disney's first film to be rated 12A/12 by the BBFC.
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For obvious reasons, the direct references to the ride the prisoners trying to get the dog to come to them work much better with American audiences than audiences in foreign territories. Evidently, they are huge moments in Anaheim.
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Gore Verbinski explains how 15 different composers worked on the music for the film. They were all influenced and mentored by Hans Zimmer and Klaus Badelt who came up with the basic themes used throughout.
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The casting of Sparrow's fellow prisoners and pirate extras involved bringing in bikers and out of work actors into a basement at Disney. They were first given real weapons, but this quickly changed to rubber weapons when people began getting hurt. Out of 600 people, 10 were chosen.
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During the scene of Sparrow and Will stealing the Interceptor, not all of the rope lines between the two ships had been cut. When the Interceptor began moving, the ropes began snapping before anyone on set was ready. In fact, the lines and belaying pins snapping sent pieces of wood flying through the set. One caught Johnny Depp right in the knee and knocked him completely out of frame. This was filmed but has not been released.
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Gore Verbinski talks about two terms that were created on set, "visual effects ad lib" and "stunt ad lib." Verbinski would come up with stunts and action beats on set that he would pitch to stunt coordinator George Ruge, and the coordinator would devise how to perform the action right then and there. Sometimes this would come after months of rehearsing one action only to throw in a different stunt to replace it on the spot. One such stunt was the one at the end of the film where Sparrow launches up out of the water and lands on the deck of his ship.
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Lucinda Dryzek's debut.
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The fourth biggest grossing film of 2003.
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Jerry Bruckheimer became actively involved in the film's production in 2002. One of his first acts was to draft in Terry Rossio and Ted Elliott to rework the screenplay. Their biggest input was to introduce the supernatural element, in keeping with the theme park ride.
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Gore Verbinski wanted Geoffrey Rush to play Barbossa because he knew he would play the role broadly, instead of a more introspective portrayal.
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Geoffrey Rush suggested Orlando Bloom for the part of Will having just worked with him on Ned Kelly (2003).
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Johnny Depp was thrilled that Jonathan Pryce was cast as Governor Swann as he is a huge fan of the actor.
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To meet his release date, Gore Verbinski frequently spent 18 hour days in the editing room.
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This sold over 11 million copies when it was released to home video in December 2003. By the following year, it had earned Disney an additional $235 million in revenue.
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On his own initiative, Johnny Depp had his teeth capped with gold. He forgot to remove them after filming was completed.
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On the commentary, Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp both refer to Sparrow running away from danger as the "lizard running on water," possibly a foreshadowing to their re-teaming on Rango (2011).
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Disney's first film to be rated M by the ACB (Australian Classification Board).
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The plot is loosely similar to Krull (1983). Jack Sparrow agrees to help Will Turner rescue Elizabeth Swann who has been kidnapped by Barbossa which in return Will Turner will give him his freedom and Turner sets out with Sparrow and his crew to rescue her.
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The scene with Elizabeth and Sparrow stuck on a deserted island is a pivotal moment according to Gore Verbinski. He feels that, at this point, the viewer has all the information they need in order to end the film, but there's still a complete act yet to occur. This is his biggest criticism with the script, that something should happen in this scene that changes how the third act plays out.
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Ironically, the Blu-ray contains an anti-film piracy ad
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Having decided that pirates were the eighteenth century equivalent of rock stars, Johnny Depp's characterization of Sparrow was inspired by close observation of his friend Keith Richards, though he emphasized in interviews that it was not an impersonation. Richards himself appears in the third film of the series as none other than Jack Sparrow's father.
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In an interesting twist, it was not Captain Barbossa who killed Bootstrap Bill Turner. Although he did strap a cannon to Bootstrap's bootstraps and tossed him overboard, Bill was a (reluctant) member of the cursed crew, and probably the first to discover that he couldn't die while on his way to the bottom of the ocean. The ending thus suggests that when his own son Will Turner lifted the curse, Bill finally died by drowning or getting crushed by water pressure. However, in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) we learn that Davy Jones had already offered Bill a place in his crew to free him from both his entrapment and the Aztek curse. So, when Will would have caused his death by returning the piece of gold with his blood to the chest, Bill was actually protected by Davy Jones' contract.
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(at around 37 mins) When Koehler and Twigg come across Jack locked up in the gaol, they observe that they last saw him shrinking into the distance on a God-forsaken island and that "his fortunes aren't improving much." Jack retorts with: "Worry about your own fortunes, gentlemen. The deepest circle of Hell is reserved for betrayers and mutineers." This is a reference to Dante Alighieri's Inferno, in which sinners guilty of treachery are consigned to the ninth, final and deepest circle of Hell.
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Governor Swann's first name is Weatherby, Commodore Norrington's is James, and Barbossa's is Hector. The latter is revealed on the DVD commentary with Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski, and finally used on screen in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007).
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As stated above, the name "Barbossa" might refer to the real Turkish pirate "Barbarossa", who started out as a pirate in the Aegean and the Mediterranean seas before he became a Fleet Admiral of the Ottoman Empire Navy. This also mirrors the career of Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) in the movies, who starts out as a feared pirate in the first film, but becomes a successful privateer in the service of the British Navy in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011).
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Jack Sparrow's look is visually inspired in Adam and the Ants: Stand and Deliver (1981), where his singer Adam Ant plays a surrealist version of Dick Turpin, the infamous burglar, poacher, horse thief, highwayman and killer of the 18th century.
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