Since Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl hit theaters in 2003, the pirate genre has been alive and well in Hollywood. There have been five additional sequels, with more on the way, and even a planned spinoff series. Thanks to amazing stories, incredible characters, and beautiful costumes and sets, the films have done well - raking in a grand total of $4.5 billion at the global box office.
The films have starred the likes of Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Keira Knightley, and many more talented veteran actors - but how much do you really know about them? Odds are, there are tons of things you probably didn't know about the Pirates of the Caribbean cast.
This list highlights some of the more interesting trivia about the whole Pirates crew, so take a look. If you see something you didn't already know, give it an upvote to see which detail rises to the top.
Johnny Depp Took Good Care Of The CrewPhoto: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
There are tons of great stories detailing some of Johnny Depp's more generous escapades, but there are a few that slip by unnoticed. While filming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the actor spent $64,200 of his own money on warm jackets for the 500 men and women working as crew on the film's production.
He didn't do this simply because he had some weird desire to see everyone wearing the same gear; it was a genuine act of kindness. The weather had turned rather cold and rainy, so he made sure everyone working on the film was properly outfitted and taken care of.Cool fact?
Johnny Depp Never Leaves Home Without His Jack Sparrow Costume
Since he first starred in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Johnny Depp hasn't left home without his Captain Jack costume. The reason for this is simple: He never wants to find himself in a situation where he's unable to throw on the costume and head to a children's hospital to spend some time with the kids.
Depp explained his reasoning while promoting The Lone Ranger, saying, "Sometimes you go to kiddie hospitals and things like that. I'll just sneak in and go and surprise a bunch of kiddies through the different wards... It basically turns into a two-, three-hour improvisation, and it's really fun. So I travel with Captain Jack."Cool fact?
Johnny Depp Nearly Carried Out A Mutiny At An Elementary School
While he was filming one of this many scenes as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean, Johnny Depp received a letter from a young fan named Beatrice. In the correspondence, she pleaded with Captain Jack to come to her school and lead a mutiny against her teachers.
Without any prior notice to the school, Depp turned up at the primary school in Greenwich, South London, dressed and fully decked out as Captain Jack Sparrow. The visit went over well with everyone - and the good captain suggested to Beatrice that a mutiny wasn't the best option at that time.Cool fact?
The Cast Had To Attend Pirate School And Trained With A Legend
Throughout the filming of all the Pirates of the Caribbean films, the cast was required to attend "Pirate School" under the expert tutelage of Bob Anderson. While his name may not be familiar to everyone, it holds a special place in Star Wars fans' hearts. Anderson is an expert swordsman who has created numerous forms of lightsaber combat.
While the actors were attending Anderson's school, they learned the proper techniques for operating cannons and swords. They were trained to use the weaponry safely, so they could appear as realistic as possible on the films' sets.
Sadly, Anderson passed in 2012, though the Olympic fencer and master swordsman is remembered for his contribution to the worlds of science fiction and fantasy. He was the one battling against Luke Skywalker while wearing the Darth Vader costume, and that's only one of his impressive credits. He also worked on the Lord of the Rings trilogy, alongside the likes of Errol Flynn and Antonio Banderas, and in many more projects.Cool fact?