Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow has to be one of the most recognisable original characters from modern blockbuster cinema. The 57-year-old has starred in five Pirates of the Caribbean movies to date, but what was it like to work alongside such memorable character acting? Now in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Greg Ellis – who played Lieutenant Commander Theodore Groves in three of the five movies – has revealed Depp’s acting process.
It turns out Depp had a big say on what Jack Sparrow would wear.
Ellis revealed that the star overdressed on purpose during a costume fitting for The Curse of the Black Pearl as he knew they’d want to tone his look down.
The Lieutenant Groves actor shared scenes with Depp aboard ships across the films and he admitted: “When he’d arrive on set, there was something.”
The 52-year-old, who was promoting his video podcast series The Respondent, said: “With many actors there’s a process to how you get to set and whether you’re in character.”
Ellis’ new video podcast series The Respondent explores a whole host of topics including positive masculinity, family law, parenting, sexuality, men’s rights, comedy and greek gods.
The actor is also a big advocate for civil discourse, arguing how we treat each other is often more important than what we’re called.
He said: “The way many people get heard these days is shouting the loudest.
“Or being the most reactive, or being negative or getting into a slanging match.”
He added: “Whether it’s Piers Morgan and Rudy Giuliani on Good Morning Britain or if it’s punditry on our television stations.”
Ellis believes it’s no coincidence that podcasts have become so popular in recent years, as an alternative to soundbite TV, because they’re in long-form.
The Respondent is a video podcast series where the actor leads such lengthier discussions.