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While filming in London in October 2010, Johnny Depp received a letter from a local nine-year old schoolgirl, telling him her classmates needed help to "mutiny" against her teachers. He turned up with almost no warning at the school in full Sparrow outfit, but advised against mutiny.
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During filming in London, a Jack Sparrow impersonator just walked onto the set. The guards did not think to ask for any ID, as he looked so much like the character (Reported in the English papers).
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After Walt Disney's chairman of 38 years, Dick Cook was fired, Johnny Depp talked to the Los Angeles Times, and said his enthusiasm for the fourth Pirates movie had reduced after Cook left the project. "There's a fissure, a crack in my enthusiasm at the moment," Depp said. "It was all born in that office." One of the reasons Johnny Depp committed to Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), was because he trusted Cook, who supported him while "others at the studio were less than enthusiastic about my interpretation of the character, Dick was there from the first moment. He trusted me."
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Penélope Cruz was pregnant throughout production, but it wasn't noticeable until September 2010. As Penélope's baby bump grew, it caused difficulties in wardrobe, so the producers enlisted the help of Cruz's younger sister, Mónica Cruz. According to reports, Penélope filmed the close-up shots, while Mónica doubled for her in the long-distance scenes.
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Jerry Bruckheimer gave strict instructions to casting directors that actresses auditioning for the mermaid roles must have natural breasts. During shooting of their scenes, they were not allowed outside until dusk, in order to avoid spoiling their make-up.
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Johnny Depp bought new water proof jackets for five hundred crew members on the set, to protect them from the cold weather. He spent a total of 64,200 dollars from his own pocket.
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Penélope Cruz was the only choice for the role of Angelica. She agreed to the role without reading the script.
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The real-life pirate Blackbeard did indeed have a ship called the Queen Anne's Revenge. It was a vessel that he'd captured from the French Navy, and renamed.
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The film does make an actual reference to Blackbeard's historical death, in which he was beheaded and then had his head hung from the bow of his own ship.
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Johnny Depp said he agreed to star in this film before "there was a script or anything."
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When making Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), the scriptwriters revealed that they placed the story in a thirty-year environment set loosely between 1720 and 1750. They also said that they did not intend the films to be entirely historically accurate. However, it was revealed that this movie takes place in 1750.
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(at around 1h 12 mins) The snake in the jungle scene is a king snake, and references the rhyme about coral snakes. Red on yellow kill a fellow, red on black friend of Jack.
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(at around 1h 23 mins) As Jack enters the Santiago, the camera flashes to a skeletal Ponce de León laying on a bed, surrounded by treasure. This is a reference to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Disneyland where guests see a skeletal pirate Captain laying in bed, surrounded by treasure.
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The only "Pirates of the Caribbean" film to not receive any Oscar nominations.
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The name of "Syrena" means mermaid in Spanish. The origin of "Syrena" is Greek, from Homer's epic Odyssey. The songs of "syrenas" used to lure sailors to their island, where they were killed.
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This was the first film to be released in the 4DX format in Mexico and in the Western Hemisphere, which is only available at select Cinépolis theaters. 4DX features strobe lights, tilting seats, blowing wind and fog and odor effects.
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The film budget had to be scaled down to no more than two hundred million dollars (the Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) budget was three hundred million dollars). This was mandated by studio president Rich Ross (who replaced the fired Dick Cook), in addition to the then 2008 economic slowdown in the U.S.
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Blackbeard's ship, The Queen Anne's Revenge, is actually a modified version of The Black Pearl, one of the vital ships in the series. The Sunset, as it is called in real-life, was used in the latter two parts of the first three, and in 2010 redesigned to portray the Queen Anne's Revenge in this installment. The biggest change was above deck. The back was cut off to deck level, and rebuilt again in two stories.
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As of May 20, 2011, this installment has the second shortest run-time of the franchise, at 136 minutes.
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This is the first "Pirates" film to not be directed by Gore Verbinski.
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Was denied a release in China because the story line consisted of ghosts, the afterlife, and the supernatural.
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Oren Aviv said Disney had chosen to scale this movie down from the former in the series; "It's important to get the story right and it's important to me to scale it down, because we can't get bigger. The movies have subsequently gotten bigger and bigger and very complicated and they were satisfying on so many levels obviously, but I want to kind of reboot the whole thing and bring it down to its core, its essence, just characters." He agreed that there is a lot of Captain Jack Sparrow's back story that we haven't seen yet without confirming or denying that we might see some of that in the fourth movie.
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This film is loosely based on the 1988 pirate novel "On Stranger Tides", by Tim Powers. The novel's protagonist is a pirate named Jack, but his character is significantly different from Jack Sparrow.
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(at around 48 mins) Blackbeard says that his quartermaster sees things before they happen. This is an oblique reference to the character of Fedallah in the novel Moby Dick, the source of various prophecies about the death of his Captain.
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(at around 51 mins) As in the previous "Pirates" movies, Barbossa's penchant for apples is glimpsed in this one as well. This time, he treats himself to an apple wedge at his Captain's table aboard the Providence.
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Only Pirates of the Caribbean film not to feature Orlando Bloom or Keira Knightley
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The title was revealed by Johnny Depp, in character as Jack Sparrow, at Disney's D23 Expo on September 11, 2009.
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Barbossa's ship, the Providence, was portrayed by the H.M.S. Surprise, part of the collection of ships of the Maritime Museum of San Diego (www.sdmaritime.org), where it is open daily to Museum visitors. To sail the ship during the filming, Disney hired a crew from among volunteers and staff of the Maritime Museum. Surprise is a 179 foot full-rigged ship. She was built in Nova Scotia in 1970, from original Admiralty plans for the 1757 British 24-gun frigate H.M.S. Rose, for which she was originally named. The ship was purchased in 2001 by 20th Century Fox, and modified to serve as the H.M.S. Surprise, under the command of fictional Captain Jack Aubrey in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003). The Maritime Museum of San Diego purchased the ship from Fox Studios in 2004, and retained her movie name. In both of her names, the prefix "H.M.S." (meaning Her (or His) Majesty's Ship) is an honorary, rather than an official designation, since she does not hold a royal warrant.
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Alfred Molina was considered for the role of Blackbeard.
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Megan Fox was considered for the role of Syrena.
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At the request of Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Kahn did some editing work on the first three months of production, but had to leave due to commitments to Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin (2011) and War Horse (2011). He was uncredited.
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Disney's Head of Production Oren Aviv said that this would "hopefully be the first of another trilogy."
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In May 2010, Disney announced that this movie will be filmed using 3-D cameras. The visual effects, however, will be rendered in 2-D, then converted to 3-D to keep the budget lower.
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(at around 29 mins) During the mutiny, Angelica says to Jack: "¡Desgraciao! ¡Para, ven aquí o te arranco la cabeza!" In Spanish, it translates to: "Scoundrel! Stop, come back here or I'll rip your head off!"
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The first installment in the franchise not to be shot on 35mm film.
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The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is the twelfth highest grossing franchise ever.
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Sam Claflin (Phillip) and Ian McShane (Blackbeard) had appeared in The Pillars of the Earth (2010).
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Johnny Depp and Keith Richards tried to persuade Mick Jagger to audition for the part of a pirate elder.
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Penelope Cruz (Angelica) is married to Javier Bardem who appears as the antagonist, Captain Salazar, to the fifth Pirates of The Caribbean(2017) franchise.
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King George's two minions, played by Anton Lesser and Roger Allam, appeared in Endeavour (2012) together.
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(at around 41 mins) When Phillip (Sam Claflin) is tied up to the mast, a pirate says to him, "Either you're with us, or against us." - echoing former President George W. Bush's quote in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
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Ian McShane, Anton Lesser, Roger Allam, and Deobia Oparei have all appeared in Game of Thrones (2011). They respectively portrayed Ray, Qyburn, Illyrio Mopatis, and Areo Hotah.
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(at around 50 mins) After Blackbeard practices Voodoo magic on Jack Sparrow, it can be seen that a wound has been marked on his skin. Although some say it is the "Trident of Poseidon", there are very obvious similarities to think that it is rather a tribute to Quake (1996) by some artist of the team.
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Casting for mermaids required the actresses to have natural breasts-no implants. As Jerry Bruckheimer explained to EW, "I don't think they had breast augmentation in the 1700s, [...] So it's natural for casting people to say, 'We want real people.'"
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Johnny Depp recommended Stephen Graham, who worked with him in Public Enemies (2009), to play Scrum and Richard Griffiths for the role of King George II, as Depp was a fan of Griffiths' work on Withnail & I (1987).
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The film employed 1,112 shots of computer-generated imagery, which were done by ten visual effects companies.
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The mermaid portrayers were chosen for having "exotic sense, an otherworldly sensibility, but also under those layers a deadly quality", according to Rob Marshall, and had to take swimming lessons to learn movements such as the dolphin and eggbeater kicks.
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Johnny Depp was deeply involved with the story design, frequently meeting the writers to show what he was interested in doing, and in the words of Terry Rossio, being "involved in coming up with story lines, connecting characters, creating moments that we would then fashion, shape and then go back." Among Depp's suggestions were turning Phillip into a missionary and having a Spanish contingent following the protagonists. Afterwards, Rob Marshall and executive producer John DeLuca met the writers, and did alterations of their own, including building the female lead.
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A stand a lone sequel, the events of the previous films are never mentioned but only get a few references.
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Blackbeard is the only main antagonist of the franchise that does not appear nor is resurrected on the next film.
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According to Rob Marshall, Ian McShane was chosen because "he can play something evil but there's always humor behind it as well" and the actor accepted the job due to both the "very funny and charming" script and the opportunity to work with Marshall.
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Blackbeard's beard took one hour and a half to get applied, and Ian McShane likened the character's costume to "a real biker pirate-it's all black leather.
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Óscar Jaenada was picked for both his work in The Losers (2010) and a recommendation by Penélope Cruz.
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Rob Marshall invited Spanish-French actress Astrid Bergès-Frisbey to play Syrena after seeing her in a French magazine article on up-and-coming actresses.
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Astrid Bergès-Frisbey had to take lessons of English, swimming and breath control to play Syrena.
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Johnny Depp and Penélope Cruz both starred in Blow (2001), ten years prior.
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Gemma Ward acted in The Strangers (2008), where her name was also "Tamara".
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On August 1, 2009, Bill Nighy expressed his desire to return as Davy Jones, who died in the previous film, saying the possibility to resurrect the character, but at the end, his inclusion was scrapped.
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Following inflated production costs ballooned the net budget to $379 million, the film is currently regarded as the most expensive film ever made but did earned it's money back of $1 billion.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The outdoor entrance to the Fountain of Youth, is the Waikapala'e Wet Cave on the north shore of Kauai. Analogous to the film's magical watery passage to The Fountain of Youth, the cave holds a real submerged (depending on water level) passage, through which explorers can travel, in order to reach an isolated chamber known as "The Blue Room." Some Hawaiians tell of an actual pirate treasure found hidden in "The Blue Room" by the original discoverers. The pirate treasure (if it ever existed) is gone, but the cave and chamber remain a natural treasure, still accessible to intrepid explorers.
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At the end, Syrena didn't drown Philipp. She kissed him, which allowed him to breathe underwater, so she could find help for his injuries.
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(at around 18 mins) The pub where the Captain Jack Sparrow imposter is recruiting a crew for "his" ship, is called "The Captain's Daughter". This could foreshadow that Angelica is, in fact, Captain Blackbeard's daughter.
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Despite a common theory, Angelica is not the second woman to be a Captain in the "Pirates" movies. Elizabeth is the only woman to do this in the previous movie. Angelica posed as a Captain, but on the Queen Anne's Revenge, Blackbeard is the Captain, and Angelica is his first mate. She did not take over after his death, as a first mate would normally, because the ship and crew were claimed by Barbossa. Also, one of the pirate lords from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) is a woman.
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(at around 4 mins) Captain Jack Sparrow impersonates a judge under the name "Smith" in order to save Gibbs from being sentenced to death. In Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Jack also begins the film under the fake name "Smith" as he pays to dock his sinking boat and talks about the Pearl.
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The only film in the franchise in which Jack Sparrow doesn't build nor commands a ship.
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The first time we see Jack working on a ship as part of the crew instead as captain.
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