Ahoy there, pirates! Want to learn more about Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales? In honor of the in-home release of the movie on Digital in HD, 4K Ultra HD™, 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand, we’ve uncovered a bounty of booty and some sizzlin’ insider secrets from the cast and crew…
SPOILERS AHEAD IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE FILM
THE CREW BUILT AN ENTIRE TOWN FOR THE MOVIE!
The epic locations and settings utilized in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales have thrilled audiences around the globe, but did you know that a huge town set was built specifically for the bank robbery scenes in the movie? “The bank heist scene was incredible to shoot,” admits Joachim Rønning, one of the movie’s two Norwegian directors. “It took four months to build the town, and I think we built three or four banks for the scene. The bank was a real building that we’d created specifically for the movie. It was pulled along by horses in a town that we’d built near the Gold Coast of Australia. We’re incredibly proud of the results.”
FANS CAN TAKE A PEEK INSIDE A VERY PERSONAL PIRATES PHOTO JOURNAL!
The in-home release of Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is packed with exclusive bonus features, including the personal photo diary of the movie’s executive producer, Jerry Bruckheimer. “With every movie I do, I always love to go on set with a camera in my hand,” reveals Bruckheimer. “I really enjoyed being on the set of Dead Men Tell No Tales, and I love taking pictures. Sometimes Disney likes my photos and they put them on the DVD and Blu-ray, which is a real thrill for me. I picked all the photos for the photo diary. You’ll see a bunch of photographs that show my view of the set, as well as candid shots of various actors. Everybody is in there, including Johnny Depp. Why do I love photography? I started as a kid. My uncle was a big photographer, and whenever he got bored with a camera, he gave it to me. By the time I was five or six years old, I was taking photographs all the time.”
THE CREATION OF A YOUNG JACK SPARROW WAS TOUGH FOR THE DIRECTORS!
A fun flashback in the movie allows fans to watch a young Jack Sparrow on board an iconic ship named The Wicked Wench. This scene in particular took the filmmakers many months to complete. “We filmed that scene with Johnny Depp, because nobody else can play Jack Sparrow,” reveals Espen Sandberg, who directed the movie alongside Joachim Rønning. “Then we worked on the computer for over a year to make the character look younger. The process took a very long time because we wanted it to be as perfect as possible. Luckily, Johnny had a breakthrough in film at a pretty early age, so we had a lot of reference material. We had a lot of his back catalog of movies! We also had to change his voice for the scene. We pitched it up, which was interesting to hear. When Johnny saw the finished scene, he was very happy with it.”
THE GUILLOTINE SCENE CONTAINS A COMPUTER-GENERATED SECRET!
A thrilling guillotine sequence in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales sees Jack Sparrow nearly lose his head – but there’s a stunning secret behind the scene. “That was one of the toughest scenes to shoot,” explains Joachim Rønning. “It’s also the scene in the movie that I’m most proud of. I love it when you dream up something alone in your shower and it ends up being built six months later. The entire guillotine scene was totally dependent on Johnny Depp being willing to be strapped into this rotating rig that we’d built – and we needed the rig to work because it was very expensive.” When quizzed about the material used to make the guillotine blades, Joachim remains coy. “Can I say that we shot the guillotine scene at the very end of the movie shoot, just in case we chopped off Johnny’s head? I’m joking, of course. The blade wasn’t plastic, wood or metal. It was completely CG.”
THE BLOOPER REEL WILL HAVE AUDIENCES IN STITCHES!
Prepare to giggle when you tune into the movie’s gag reel, Bloopers Of The Caribbean. “Joachim and I have always loved bloopers,” chuckles Espen Sandberg. “That’s why we’re very excited to have a blooper reel as one of the bonus features. Hopefully, people will enjoy seeing how we put this big circus together, and they can have a laugh when they see that everything didn’t work out exactly as planned. On the set of the movie, Johnny Depp is always improvising. He’s hysterical. His imagination is unique, which is why Captain Sparrow is such a unique character. You never know what he’s going to do or what he’s going to say – but he’s a complete pleasure to work with. He keeps improvising and it keeps everybody on their toes, which is really cool. You’ll definitely see him in the bloopers.”
GEOFFREY RUSH WAS PRESENTED WITH A UNIQUE GIFT AT THE END OF THE FILM!
When the film shoot came to an end, Pirates Of The Caribbean actor Geoffrey Rush [who plays Captain Hector Barbossa in the movie] was given a surprising gift by one of his co-stars. “In the movie, two monkey actors were used to play Barbossa’s simian pet,” explains the Australian actor. “Their names were Pablo and Chiquita, and they were very fun to work with. At the end of the film shoot, Pablo gave me the best wrap gift ever. He gave me a painting that he’d created himself. The piece is beautiful. I will treasure it forever. Pablo works in an abstract expressionist simian school, but the sweetest part is the paw print on the side of the mount. Pablo signed his work. It’s a Pablo original.”
EXPECT SOME EXCITING DELETED SCENES WITH THE IN-HOME RELEASE!
It’s official! A number of deleted scenes will be available with the in-home release of the movie – including sequences with cryptic titles such as A Whale In Poseidon’s Tomb and Henry Turner Learns A Lesson From Captain Jack. “We didn’t shoot a lot of footage that didn’t end up in the movie, but it’s exciting that fans will be able to experience these extra scenes and extended sequences,” reveals Joachim Rønning. “There are a lot of treats there. One of the scenes is called Highwayman and it shows Jack Sparrow as a highway robber. He tries to rob a horse and carriage, but he fails in typical Jack Sparrow style. It’s a very fun scene.”
WATCH OUT FOR SECRET EASTER EGGS IN THE MOVIE!
Keep your eyes peeled for hidden Easter eggs when you watch the movie again. “There’s a lot of cool stuff to find,” admits Espen Sandberg. “When you see Jack Sparrow’s flashback scene, take a look at the name of his ship. It’s The Wicked Wench, which is a direct reference to the original Pirates Of The Caribbean attraction. It’s the name of the ship in the original attraction; it’s the ship you see in the area where there’s an attack on the port. Another fun Easter egg involves the costume of a character named Pig Kelly. His costume in the movie was taken from one of the original drawings for the Disneyland ride in the ‘60s.”
A WHEELY AMAZING ITEM WAS USED FOR THE FLOOR OF THE UNDERWATER SET!
“I was very impressed with the movie’s sets; especially the underwater set created for the film’s finale,” reveals Jerry Bruckheimer. “It was great to see the production team build everything from scratch. I remember walking on to the underwater set for the very first time and being amazed by what I saw. They’d made iridescent plants and incredible coral. It was fantastic. I hate to give away the movie magic, but the sea floor was made from ground-up rubber. Tiny pieces of ground-up tires covered the entire studio floor – and it got everywhere.”
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY WASN’T IN THE ORIGINAL SCRIPT FOR DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES!
The surprise appearance of fan-favorite actress Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swann at the end of the movie was a well-kept secret during the film shoot – but you may be surprised to hear that the character wasn’t in the original script for the fifth Pirates adventure. “Orlando Bloom was in the first script, but not Keira,” admits Joachim Rønning. “However, as soon as we started to work on the movie, we realized that we needed to have her in our story. A few phone calls later, we found out that Keira wanted to do it – and she was great. Keira was shooting another movie at the time, so we flew to London to film her scenes on one of her days off. It was a great day with Orlando and Keira back together again. It also provided us with a fun and mysterious scene at the end of the movie. You’ll have to keep watching after the movie’s credits to see it!”