Johnny Depp: Jack Sparrow is Gay, as are All My Characters


In a new profile in Vanity Fair, Johnny Depp discusses Disney's dislike of his Pirates of the Caribbean character Jack Sparrow.

The studio questioned him about the character's sexuality, and he responded by telling them that all the characters he plays are gay:

“They couldn’t stand him. They just couldn’t stand him,” Depp says of Disney’s reaction to his controversial interpretation of Sparrow. “I think it was Michael Eisner, the head of Disney at the time, who was quoted as saying, ‘He’s ruining the movie.’ Depp reveals to Smith, however, that he remained unfazed by the studio’s hysteria. “Upper-echelon Disney-ites, going, What’s wrong with him? Is he, you know, like some kind of weird simpleton? Is he drunk? By the way, is he gay?… And so I actually told this woman who was the Disney-ite… ‘But didn’t you know that all my characters are gay?’ Which really made her nervous.”


  1. Dan says

    Is this supposed to make us feel good? It’s nice that he’s screwing with executives, but it doesn’t seem exactly positive. Most of his characters have romantic relationships with females. Is he saying weird equals gay? This just seems like a really idiotic pr move.

  2. Gregoireire says

    I think he means flamboyant, but he’s not being disingenuous. He’s clearly never chosen roles by how the characters may reflect upon him, and that’s why he’s so great. He’s just being silly by saying they’re all gay.

  3. bobbyjoe says


    No, he’s throwing it back in the bigot’s faces and saying “so what if they WERE gay. Get over it.” Considering that Depp loves the weird, if he WERE saying “weird equals gay,” then from Depp that would be a compliment.

  4. Michael W. says

    I love ALL of the Pirates movies! And I think an overwhelming majority of the viewing public love the Jack Sparrow character, which says a lot for letting an artist do his art and STFU!

  5. pete says

    Johnny D just gets better & better…

    He was playing w/ them; exploiting their own fear about a ‘gay’ character about to be marketed worldwide to kids… he’s pushing Disney’s buttons b/c of their own corporate/creative homophobia.

    Get a clue, ya buncha homos! lol

  6. John says

    As usual JD is his own man…& who would want it any other way?
    Imagine a different spin to Jack Sparrow-would it have been as successful?The movies had a campness about them & JD just took it up a notch or two.You just have to look at old Errol Flynn movies & they had a similiar style to them.One of his most inspiring roles after Edward Scissorhands.And what a shame that never got the sequel it deserved.And then theres Ed Wood….

  7. Soren456 says

    I can just hear him say it, earnestly. And I can see the Disney-ite gasp and run from the room.

    About Willy Wonka, yes; Willy Wonka by way of Michael Jackson.

  8. Dback says

    If folks were wondering whether Johnny Depp ever actually played a gay character or not onscreen, the answer is “Yes,” in “Before Night Falls,” with Javier Bardem. He’s only got 5 or 10 minutes of screen time, but you won’t forget them. :)

  9. MDE says

    This conversation happened more or less as JD describes it. I was there as it unfolded. I’m not sure who the woman was that he describes, but if it is the president at the time, she actually defended him.

  10. sysm29 says

    Johnny Depp’s gayness made the whole movie. I doubt it would have been as big of a hit as it was without him. Besides, his eccentric performance and the guyliner got him an Oscar nomination.

  11. Bart says

    I wonder why they would care about his Pirates character being gay if so many of their cartoon villains resort to gay stereotypes (effeminate like Jafar and Scar) to make them seem more evil.

  12. anon says

    The only way he could have ruined the movie in their eyes is if it didn’t make any money, so clearly they must have been more than happy for him to play the character as is. Since he is on record of saying Sparrow was based on Keith Richards, who is not gay, this must be an inside joke.

  13. Bruce Wayne says

    Having worked at Disney Studios (and I ran the Prop House for a fun year!) and dealt personally with Eisner….Go, Johnny! Humorless Eisner had no place at the Happiest Place on Earth–The Factory Branch.


  14. April Roch says

    Does it matter? Johnny puts thought and feeling into all the characters he plays. He rounds them off to perfection and makes them original; he OWNS them. He is one of the best actors out there and he doesn’t even need an Oscar to get the work or recognition he’s acquired so far. Nobody can mess with that. The world loves his quirks.

  15. unawarexx says

    Ahahah “ruining the movie”!!!! Jack Sparrow is the main reason Pirates of the Carribean was such a success in the first place! In every review of the blockbuster series the critics Johnny Depp’s brilliant performance up and down, saying it’s the glue holding the whole thing together. They’re right.

  16. says

    Disney was right if they were worried about Pirates of the caribbean having its main character represented as gay. The gay manners of captain sparrow ruined this character. Homosexuality is wrong, God condemns it!! Stop calling what is bad good people! This is the reason for God to punish nations with natural disasters that could affect you directly.

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