When thinking about the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, images of canon-firing ships, Jack Sparrow's swagger, and epic swashbuckling quickly come to mind. A couple elements that don't get enough credit in these movies, however, are the props and wardrobe. Fortunately for us, the biggest Pirates fans online have taken notice and shared their favorites. For example, in At World's End, Keith Richards (playing the role of Captain Teague) actually wore some of his own jewelry for the character. In Curse of the Black Pearl, an edible prop plays a major role. Until his demise, you'll notice that Barbossa always carries a bright green apple with him. Some wardrobe details are even a bit hazardous. In On Stranger Tides, when Blackbeard makes his first appearance, his beard is smoking. In reality, it's said that the real-life Blackbeard would light the ends of his facial hair on fire to intimidate newcomers.
Check out this list of prop and wardrobe details fans spotted in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and don't forget to vote up your favorites!
1. Johnny Depp Used Authentic Pistols In 'Curse Of The Black Pearl'
In Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Jack Sparrow’s pistol was the only real gun in the movie. Johnny Depp used a set of two flintlock pistols that were made in 1765. However, they were only used in scenes where they needed to be fired. Otherwise, he used replicas.Swashbuckling detail?
2. Ragetti Actor Wore Double Contacts In 'Dead Man's Chest'
From Redditor u/Tokyono:
In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006), actor Mackenzie Crook had to wear two contact lenses on top of one another, to portray his characters wooden eye. He said, “It’s uncomfortable…but not painful. And it helps the character, because without it, I’m just any other pirate.”Swashbuckling detail?
3. Keith Richards Wore His Own Jewelry In 'At World's End'
From Redditor u/Tokyono:
In Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007), Captain Teague aka Keith Richards is wearing a silver skull ring. This wasn't a prop made for the movie, it's a real ring that belongs to Keith Richards. He received it for his birthday in 1978 and has worn it ever since.Swashbuckling detail?
4. The Compass Shows Norrington What He Values In 'Curse Of The Black Pearl'
From Redditor u/DampWaffle:
In Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, when Commodore Norrington takes hold of Jack's compass, it points directly to Jack, as the arrest of a high profile pirate (furthering his career) is the most important thing to him.Swashbuckling detail?