Johnny Depp Rejects Role in $1.8 Billion Franchise, Sights on Disney

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Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) screaming

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Johnny Depp may have his biggest regret.

Johnny Depp’s breakthrough role came in 1984 in the horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street as Glen Lantz. However, it was his collaboration with director Tim Burton that solidified his status as a Hollywood icon. Their partnership commenced in 1990 with Edward Scissorhands, a film that showcased Depp’s extraordinary talent for portraying complex and eccentric characters. This marked the beginning of a major collaboration, which later resulted in memorable films like Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007).

Johnny Depp looking distressed as Captain Jack Sparrow in 'Pirates of the Caribbean'
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Depp’s career has been defined by his dedication to breathing life into unconventional and unforgettable characters, often with a touch of whimsy and darkness. His portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise became one of his most iconic roles, earning widespread acclaim and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

Apart from his work with Tim Burton, Depp has collaborated with numerous renowned directors and actors, showcasing his versatility in various genres. One of Johnny Depp’s distinctive attributes is his ability to seamlessly merge into his roles, fully immersing himself in the characters he portrays. He often undergoes significant physical transformations to authentically represent the essence of his characters, be it altering his appearance, mastering new skills, or adopting unique accents and mannerisms. This level of commitment has earned him admiration from peers and critics alike.

Throughout his illustrious career, Depp has received numerous accolades and award nominations for his outstanding performances. In addition to an Oscar nomination, he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for his role in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007).

Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow leaning on a ship steering wheel
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In a recently resurfaced report, it was revealed that one of Depp’s biggest regrets was turning down the lead role in the $1.85 billion mega-blockbuster Titanic (1997). Directed by James Cameron, the film remains one of the most iconic movies of all time and starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

According to reports, Depp had been considered for the role, but ultimately, the film elected to go in a different direction, and DiCaprio was cast.

“Since most feature films are between 90 and 120 pages, a 180-page script would roughly translate to around a three-hour epic,” a report from CBR read. “And back in the ’90s, when most movies were under two hours, a 180-page script sounded like a big project. However, it wasn’t the only reason. As Depp put it, he “labored through about 15 pages of Titanic” and decided not to take on the role. It was clear that the actor disliked the idea.”

The interesting portion of this is what would’ve happened if Depp had taken the role. Already established, he would’ve drawn an even bigger paycheck than Leonardo DiCaprio, and questions of “what if” exist as to if he would’ve ever even taken the role of Captain Jack Sparrow six years later with Disney in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003).

Johnny Depp looking sad playing Captain Jack Sparrow in 'Pirates of the Caribbean'
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Fast-forward to the present day, Depp has made a pretty penny from reprising the role of Captain Jack Sparrow in five Pirates of the Caribbean films. Questions remain about the fate of a sixth installment due to the controversial relationship between Depp and Disney, especially following the allegations brought forth by Amber Heard, but the latest developments indicate that the actor is open to returning to the role, and the company may need him to play the role of savior before it’s all said and done.

So, even though Johnny Depp may regret turning down a role in the $1.85 billion movie, his sights were on other projects– including Disney back then– and it turned out pretty well. The big question here in the present day, however, is if he has the same kind of interest as he did more than 20 years ago.

Did you know this interesting story about Johnny Depp? Would you to see him return to Pirates of the Caribbean? Let us know in the comments!

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