Rob Marshall (Director)
What is the secret of keeping this franchise going?
Rob Marshall: The Pirates fans are incredible because they love this franchise so much, and we’re just so happy to give them another exciting adventure, we really are and this one’s really fun. I think it’s a real ride. I think it’s funny. I think it has great velocity and pace and Johnny is exquisite. And we have a female pirate with Penelope, so it’s really great.
This is your first time in the director’s chair for a ‘Pirates’ film. What drew you to the project?
RM: Johnny and this amazing character he’s created is the reason for these films. He’s so colorful, you know. He’s an extraordinary artist I have to say. He’s also an extraordinary person. And I think people feel that. You feel his heart. He’s that amazing, you know.
Jerry Bruckheimer (Producer)
The fan turnout for the World Premiere is amazing!
Jerry Bruckheimer: People have been lined up since last night, they stayed out all night to be here, and what’s exciting is this is a charity event also, and so we have fans from all around the world who bought tickets before it was announced that they were asking for tickets. So they’re real special to us and we’re excited to show them this movie in 3D, which is the first time we’ve ever done that.
What’s different about this ‘Pirates’ outing?
JB: Penelope Cruz, whose first time in a Pirates outfit, but she’s very beautiful and exciting and a wonderful actress. And we have a couple of new kids, Sam and Astrid, are our new young kids, and Ian McShane plays the baddie, Blackbeard.
It seems like it would be a lot of fun to be involved in these films.
JB: Well the fun is you make these pictures for the fans, and when they show their appreciation like this, you know, we’ve entertained hundreds of millions of people around the world with Pirates of the Caribbean, and that’s real exciting to us. To make people’s lives just a little better for a couple of hours.
What do you see as the true reason for the success of the ‘Pirates’ franchise?
JB: Well, Johnny Depp, you know, he’s such a wonderful man, it shines through on the screen. You know, the bigger the screen, the more you like him. He’s an irreverent character and he loves doing these and he loves his fans. He’s going to spend a lot of time, you know, talking to his fans, taking pictures with them, signing autographs. He’s very generous with his time when it comes to his fans.