‘Pirates of the Caribbean‘ Producer Shares Captain Jack Sparrow was Inspired in Part by Pepé Le Pew. After the very public decision to cut Pepé Le Pew from ‘Space Jam 2: A New Legacy‘, a resurgence of interest for the controversial Looney Tunes character has brought the spotlight back onto a conversation between Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Rob Lowe on the Literally! with Rob Lowe podcast.
In 2020, the pair discussed the inspirations behind Johnny Depp’s character, Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean films, with one of them being Looney Tunes’ Pepé Le Pew. “He’s [Johnny Depp] a very inventive actor.” Bruckheimer shared, “He had a young daughter at the time and he was watching a lot of cartoons and fell in love with Pepé Le Pew.”
The producer had also shared a large inspiration for the character was The Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards. Jerry shared with Lowe that during production, “[Keith Richards] would go into Johnny’s closet and try on his jackets and then he’d leave wearing Johnny’s jacket!” Richards played Jack’s father in the Pirates franchise.
Reportedly, after a petition garnishing over half a million signatures was presented to The Walt Disney Company, the studio is reconsidering their choice to fire Johnny Depp from his role as the famed Captain Jack Sparrow. Warner Bros. has firmly stated they will not be rehiring the actor for the Fantastic Beasts franchise as Grindelwald.
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