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Things You Didn't Know About The Making Of 'Pirates of the Caribbean'

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is one of the most ambitious films ever made. Based on the famous Disney ride, the film was injected with a $140 million budget, and steered by a motley crew. The movie seemed destined to bomb but thankfully, it proved the cynics wrong. In this instance, high ambition was not penalized by moviegoers; they appreciated the earnestness to the tune of $4.5 billion if you include the sequels. 

To learn the precise details of Pirates' singular ambitiousness, read our list of things you didn't know about the making of this film.

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    Johnny Depp Based His Portrayal Of Jack Sparrow On Keith Richards

    Johnny Depp based Jack's look and attitude off the Rolling Stones' guitarist Keith Richards. He decided on this influence after reading about 18th century pirates and coming to the conclusion that they were like rock stars. Fittingly, Richards played Jack Sparrow's father in three of the films.

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    The Cast And Crew Consisted Of Roughly 400 Foreigners And 700 Vincentians

    Photo: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl / Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

    The 400 cast and crew members were shipped to St. Vincent on boat. While on the island, they hired 700 Vincentians for additional work.

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    Development Began In The Early '90s

    Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio were working as writers on Aladdin when they came up with the idea for a pirate movie connected with the famous ride. They pitched it to Disney, who said no. It wasn't until 10 years later, after Disney had developed its own script and got Jerry Bruckheimer's production company involved, that Elliott and Rossio finally got the green light.

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    Jack Sparrow Was Written For, And Named After, Hugh Jackman

    Screenwriter Stuart Beattie conceived Captain Jack Sparrow with Hugh Jackman in mind (JACK Sparrow: Hugh JACKman). Unfortunately at the time, Jackman famous enough for the role. Fortunately, the studio pursued Johnny Depp instead. Nothing against Jackman, but only Depp could have play the neurotic nautic.

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