Johnny Depp plays Captain Jack Sparrow, a man with a debt to pay to the evil Davy Jones. He told People magazine assistant managing editor and The Early Show entertainment contributor Jess Cagle that he initially did the "Pirates" movies from a desire to make a film for children — and his own kids have been very supportive.
"They enjoy the character a lot," Depp said. "Every now and again, very rarely, but they'll ask me to sort of, 'Say something like Jack Sparrow.' "
"Pirates of the Caribbean 3" is set to hit theaters next year on Memorial Day weekend.
Practically everyone expected the "Pirates" sequel to be a huge hit. But that wasn't the feeling when the first movie came out. Keira Knightley said that at first, she thought the film was something of a stretch.
"A pirate film hadn't worked for 50 years," she said. "I mean, they'd been famous for completely flopping. And not only is it a pirate film, but it's based on a Disney ride. And you kind of went, 'There's no way this can work.' "
She said that once she got on set and worked with Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, she realized just how funny he made the character.
"You see some of the outtakes, and it's just corpsing everywhere," she said. "I mean, like, the crew, just crying because they're holding it in. You know, and I mean, it's, sometimes it's completely impossible. You kind of need to get to about, take 10 before you stop laughing."
In addition to outtakes, the "Pirates" DVD shows how the film's computer wizards worked their magic and created Jones tentacle-filled face. The DVD takes you step-by-step as the filmmakers create the sequel's elaborate stunts and sword fights.
"It's also nice for the viewer to sort of take part in the process," Depp said. "And see what goes into making the film."