Johnny Depp admitted he's never watched the first film of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Amid Depp's ongoing $50 million defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard, it's not only the 58-year-old's childhood, relationships and upbringing that has come under scrutiny, but also his career as an actor.
Despite the character of Captain Jack Sparrow being one of his most famous roles, Depp revealed he has never seen Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl – the film in which he first starred as the character.
While reflecting on his initial excitement over the screenplay, saying it had 'all the kind of hallmarks of a Disney film', Depp admitted that he is still yet to have watched the first movie of the franchise.
He said: "I didn't see it ... But the film did pretty well, apparently.
"And they wanted to keep going, making more. And I was fine to do that."
Depp explained how he 'ended up in acting by accident' after going to Los Angeles at the age of 20 as a musician to play alongside his band.
His first role in the industry was in A Nightmare on Elm Street.
He said: "I was no means to be an actor... But the fact that these people were going to pay me a ludicrous amount of money... I had never seen that kind of dough in my life.
"It was foreign to me, but I didn't have any great ambition to be an actor... I've always been quite a shy person. I've always been quite introverted. So it was a very strange metamorphosis."
(On his early acting career) Depp: It was foreign to me, but I didn't have any great ambition to be an actor ... I've always been quite a shy person. I've always been quite introverted. So it was a very strange metamorphosis.#JohnnyDepp #AmberHeard @LawCrimeNetwork pic.twitter.com/q3XvC9ekiH— Sierra Gillespie (@sierragillespie) April 19, 2022
While Depp's progression from the role of musician to actor acted as a 'metamorphosis' in his professional life, he also saw a distinct change take place in his personal life due to the fame he gained from the role of Captain Jack Sparrow.
On the stand, Depp recalled how his anonymity 'left the building'.
"You would have people trying to climb the gates to see Captain Jack Sparrow. You have people trying to bust in the gates dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow. Or follow you, follow you and your family," he said.
Depp: I've had worse jobs. I can't complain about it. After awhile you realize anonymity has left the building, anonymity is gone ... It's acceptance. Of course there is a bit of sacrifice involved.#JohnnyDepp #AmberHeard @LawCrimeNetwork pic.twitter.com/t0SedkTJLw— Sierra Gillespie (@sierragillespie) April 19, 2022
As a result of the fame from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Depp had to have his security increased.
The actor noted he's 'had worse jobs' and 'can't complain about it,' but that it was difficult to accept his newfound position as someone well and truly planted in the public eye.
"Of course there is a bit of sacrifice involved," he commented.
The actor concluded: "Pirates was the thing. It all turned around. It just went weird."
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