If you felt uncomfortable watching Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley kiss in Pirates of the Caribbean, you weren’t alone.
The star has weighed in on how he felt weird having to kiss someone considerably younger than he is. However, it’s worth noting that his ex-wife, Amber Heard, is one year younger than Knightley.
The comments made about Keria Knightley seemed to be coming from a professional place and not that of a personal romance.
What did Johnny Depp say about Knightley?
As Vanity Fair reported, during an interview with The Evening Standard, Depp commented on feeling awkward about kissing someone so much younger than him. He said:
“kissing someone you are not romantically involved with is always awkward, but the fact that Keira is 20-something years younger than me made it infinitely more awkward. Still, she was a good sport about it, and we did what we had to do.”
The comments surfaced as part of a collective article outlining every famous woman he’s ever dated. Depp is still in the public eye due to the tumultuous and seemingly neverending battle with his ex, Amber Heard. The two met on the set of The Tourist and were married shortly after Depp’s relationship with Vanessa Paradis ended. However, Depp’s relationship with the Aquaman star devolved with countless allegations from both sides of domestic abuse.
Most recently, the Pirates star famously lost his trial against The Sun newspaper.
When did the kiss happen?
For those who don’t recall, the famous kiss happens in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, towards the film’s end. However, Elizabeth Swann (Knightley) and Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) spend a good deal of the film getting closer. Ultimately, Elizabeth tricks Jack into kissing her to save the rest of the crew from Davy Jones’ Kraken.
It’s also worth noting that Knightley herself has historically made no issue of the kiss. Speaking to TMZ she said:
“I couldn’t ask for a better kissing scene with Johnny Depp actually, I think my 14-year-old self was yelping with pleasure … It was fantastic! What more can a girl ask for? I’ve got Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom, and I get to kiss both of them. It’s wonderful!”
Knightley was just 17 when she filmed Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and just twenty-one when the sequel came out. On the other hand, Depp was 42 when the second film released, so there was quite an age gap. She and Orlando Bloom do not appear in the fourth film, On Stranger Tides. Instead, Penelope Cruz’s Angelica becomes Jack’s love interest. However, the two do make a fleeting return in the fifth installment — Dead Men Tell No Tales / Salazar’s Revenge.
The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise stars Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swann, Orlando Bloom as Will Turner, and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa. All five films are available to stream on Disney+. At present, Disney is seemingly canning Depp from the series to focus on a female-led cast starring Margot Robbie.
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