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'I'm surprised Disney pays me!'

July 20, 2006
Just like all of us, Johnny Depp loves Captain Jack Sparrow.

A mumbling rogue with equal passion for the sea, rum and heavy eyeliner, Captain Jack became Hollywood's first truly iconic character of the new century. Now, Jack is back with Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, second in a trilogy of Pirates films. Shortly before returning to work on the third film in the series Depp discussed his affection for Captain Jack, locking himself in his sauna, and why he loves playing with Barbie dolls.

Did the success of the first film come as a surprise to you?

I'd gotten used to the idea of never being in a successful film -- I was pretty comfy with that -- so it was a terrific shock to me and I'm still sort of babbling about it. I really appreciate the fact that people accepted the character and really supported me because at a certain point some of the better-dressed people at Disney were having a difficult time with my interpretation of the character. The success of the film was a win-win situation for me.

Photographs: Getty Images | Design: Uday Kuckian


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