Although Pirates of the Caribbean: Dean Men Tell No Tales is the fifth in the franchise, it really delivers what the fans are yearning for – it’s fun, has great special effects and is touching at times too. It opens on May 26th 2017.
The movie finds Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) down-on-his-luck, with even more bad fortune coming his way when the ghostly Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) and his motley crew escapes from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate – particularly Jack.
The only thing that can save Jack’s life in Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is finding the legendary Trident of Poseidon; but to achieve this he must form an unlikely alliance with an astronomer, Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario, The Maze Runner), and Henry (Brenton Thwaites, Maleficent), who is trying to bring his father, Will (Orlando Bloom), back from the dead.
Kaya and Brenton came to the press day for the movie and spoke of their love of the franchise and working with Johnny Depp.
What did you both have to go through to get the roles?
Brenton: I auditioned a few times here in LA Then I met with the directors and they took me through their ideas and dreams for the project.
The movie was on hold for a while and I went and did a few other movies. When it came back around I just auditioned and met with Jerry Bruckheimer and then I was cast. And I was involved in the chemistry reads for casting Carina.
Kaya: I had the script years ago when it was doing the rounds the first time. The part was very different. I think it was two female characters at that time. So they really didn’t know who she was yet.
Then it disappeared and came back a couple of years later. I was doing a movie and had to do a self-tape because I didn’t have time to get to an audition.
I was flown out to LA to do a chemistry read with Brenton, who was already cast, to see as actors how we work together, how we could lift the dialogue from the page and if we could make it work or not. Luckily, I think we had a really cool connection.
You were very young when the first movie in the franchise came out.
Brenton: I was fourteen, she was thirteen.
Kaya: I remember it being a huge part of the social scene at school. Before social media, the news was in the playground about what was cool and what everyone would go and watch.
Brenton: When humans used to talk to each other.
Kaya: (The movie) was totally the thing everyone talked about that week. It was really exciting for me.
What was it like the first scene you did with Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow?
Kaya: When I met Johnny at the table read that was really cool. I really admire him as an actor. I got that out of the way.
But when he did stuff on set as Jack Sparrow I completely lost it, because it’s such an iconic character. He’s like Mickey Mouse, he’s created something that requires so much craft as an actor, but is also so fun and easy for everyone to enjoy.
Brenton: As Kaya was saying, seeing Jack Sparrow for the first time was more intimidating than Johnny. Seeing Johnny at the roundtable reading, he’s really sweet, nice and friendly.
He takes ideas and improvises, and that’s great. But in costume, seeing him for the first time as Jack Sparrow is mesmerizing.
Kaya, how much witchcraft did you study to play the role?
Kaya: I was born on Friday the 13th. My mom is Brazilian and she’s very superstitious and she said I have a witch’s freckle on my ear.
So maybe I just had that in me anyway. I tapped into my witch’s side.
Brenton, your character Henry, is the son of Will – how does your character, or you, relate to Will in the film?
Brenton: I feel like I’m similar to Will in the sense that we’re both fighting for similar goals. We’re both very focused and driven and fighting for what’s good. We both have a moral compass and we don’t really steer too far outside of that.
In the first film, Will is fighting to save his father and stops at nothing in order to do so. And Henry is doing a similar thing in this one.