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Things You Probably Didn't Know About The 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Cast

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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.

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    Chow Yun-Fat Is Banned From Making Movies In China

    Photo: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End / Buena Vista Pictures

    Chow Yun-Fat spent years making some of the greatest movies to come out of Hong Kong cinema, but the veteran Chinese actor is no longer allowed to make movies in China. The ban only applies to mainland China (for now). It stems from the actor's pro-democratic support, which he publicly gave to the student protests that persisted for more than a month in 2014. As he said at the time:

    I've met the residents, the students - they are very brave, and it's touching to see that they're fighting for what they want. The students are reasonable. If the government can come up with a solution that the citizens or students are satisfied with, I believe the crisis will end... When the government uses violent measures on students, it's a turn-off for the people of Hong Kong. I don't wish to see anyone getting hurt... it was a peaceful demonstration, and there was no need for any violence or tear gas.

    That comment and some others were the impetus for the ban, and when he was asked about it, the actor unapologetically shrugged and said, "I'll make less then."

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    Keith Richards Was Wasted While Filming A Scene In 'At World's End'

    Keith Richards's proclivities toward the use of various substances are well known, and they caused a bit of trouble on the set of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. The rock star was cast to play Captain Jack's guitar-plucking father, who carries out the rules of the Pirate Code to the letter - but he wasn't sober for much of the time.

    Richards was so intoxicated when he was working on the set, he had to receive a bit of support. Director Gore Verbinski had to literally prop him up to keep him from falling over, but it ultimately worked out in the end. As the director explained, "If you wanted straight, then you got the wrong man."

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    Orlando Bloom Was Nearly Paralyzed For Life Before Joining The Crew

    Photo: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    If you look back over Orlando Bloom's film career, he's engaged in some serious stunts, but his most devastating injury didn't come from any of them. When he was 21 years old, Bloom attempted to climb a rooftop terrace with some friends. The drain pipe he was scaling collapsed, dropping him three stories, and breaking several vertebrae in his back.

    Bloom was paralyzed, and the doctors told him he might never regain mobility. Fortunately, he recovered sensation within four days. But the experience ended up changing his life. Thirteen years later, he told Men's Health that he was "grateful for it." 

    Bloom had multiple surgeries, followed by 18 months of rehabilitation. He overcame the injury, and the first project he jumped into after convalescing was none other than the Lord of the Rings trilogy. As Bloom explains:

    I'm always working on my back. It hasn't prevented me from doing anything. But it's a constant reminder. Fear is not a friend of mine. But it's something to have a healthy awareness of. [But] I can't stop living. It would ruin my creativity, the person I am.

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    Bill Nighy Only Uses Three Of His Fingers On Each Hand

    If you've ever noticed that actor Bill Nighy tends to throw up a lot of peace signs, like the one pictured, there's a reason for that. While he probably likes throwing the sign, the main reason he does that is that he suffers from a condition called Dupuytren's contracture. This condition causes his pinkie and ring finger on each hand to be permanently bent towards his palm.

    It's something that isn't clear in the Pirates of the Caribbean due to the simple fact that his character is created via motion capture. In some of his other roles, it can be seen, but it's never created a clear impediment in his acting career.

    The condition is hereditary, though Nighy didn't begin to feel any of its effects until he was an adult. In an interview with The Guardian, he was asked if the condition was painful:

    Not at all. It started in my twenties. It was alarming, and I should have had an operation on them at the time, but I didn't because I was a mess and was frightened. It means I have a spooky handshake.

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