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Friday, June 1, 2007

'Pirates 3' raids box office treasure chest to the end

Staff report

"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" opened in Japan and the United States on Friday, May 25. The third installment in the Walt Disney Co. franchise is likely to be one of the biggest box-office movies of the summer, with the film reaping a worldwide tally of $245 million for Wednesday through Monday, passing the $232-million opening of "Spider-Man 3.''

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Chow Yun-Fat, Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom at a news conference in Tokyo on May 23 AP PHOTO

Ahead of the premiere, the film's cast and crew came to Japan and held a news conference for the media on Wednesday, May 23. Answering the questions were Johnny Depp, who plays Captain Jack Sparrow, Bill Nighy (Davy Jones), Chow Yun-Fat (Sao Feng) Orlando Bloom (Will Turner), Geoffrey Rush (Barbossa), producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski.

How do you feel now the series has come to an end?

Johnny Depp: There was always that potential that I would have to say goodbye to the character. I had such a great time playing Captain Jack that on that last day, I kept asking the crew, "Let's do one more take." But I reckon Captain Jack will be with me anyway. He'll be visiting me now and again.

Gore Verbinski: When you make three movies together, by the third one the crew gets very close, they become a family. We were exhausted, but everybody had a twinkle in their eyes and smiles on their faces. They're not going to let us do this again so we were really enjoying it and trying to soak up every last drop.

What was it like as the newcomer?

Chow Yun-Fat: I wanted to be on set even when I wasn't acting. I felt like I was missing out.

What's your favorite scene?

Orlando Bloom: It's a sequence just before we rescue Captain Jack. There's about a million Captain Jacks at the same time. It was pretty mind-blowing.

Geoffrey Rush: At the end of Pirates 1, I got shot and I thought I was dead. So it was just great to be back in any scene.

What was it like filming at sea?

Verbinski: The biggest problem was that nothing stays where you put it. When we finally finished filming at sea, I thought we were done with that, and then Keith Richards came in. He certainly doesn't stay where you put him either. So that was a kind of a strange flashback for me.

What is the appeal of Captain Davy Jones?

Bill Nighy: His appeal, I guess, is that he's not just a bad guy. Although he is a baaaaad guy, in this movie, you get to see a little bit of why he's so damaged, so angry and so intense. In this film, quite surprisingly, he has a kind of love story.

Have your children seen the film?

Depp: My kids have seen the first two (films in the) Pirates series. They've seen bits of this one but not all the way through. They love the film. They're very proud that Papa's a pirate. The funny thing is, as I said earlier, Captain Jack will always be with me, and he sort of escapes now and again when I'm playing with my kids. My son Jack and I will always sword-fight, as fathers and sons do, and Captain Jack will slip out and my son would be like, "Oh, come on Dad, not him again. Can't you come up with another one?"

Captain Davy Jones, how long did it take to do all that makeup?

Nighy: What makeup? The good news is it didn't take any time at all because I didn't wear any makeup. It's computer generated. The bad news is, I had to wear a very sad, kind of clown outfit with white bubbles all over it. I had white spots all over my face, like I had a kind of skin condition. And I had to wear a very sad skullcap with a white bubble on the top. And you're probably too young (to know them), but I looked like someone who didn't get into Devo.

Will there be a Pirates 4?

Jerry Bruckheimer: This is the end for now. Gore finished this just four days ago. He'd like to rejoin his family. It's been five and a half years so I'm not sure if they'd recognize him anymore. So I think we'll rest.



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