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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.”

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  1. 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.

    Posted by: anon | Nov 30, 2010 5:29:36 PM

  2. and he doesn't have to create controversy..all of his films are blockbusters hence he was the #1 moviestar of 2010 based on film revenues

    Posted by: jake | Nov 30, 2010 6:54:21 PM

  3. 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.


    Posted by: Bruce Wayne | Nov 30, 2010 10:58:09 PM

  4. I love Depp also. But the moment Jack Sparrow opened his mouth I told my bud, "I love it! A faggy pirate!"

    Posted by: Danny | Dec 1, 2010 8:48:06 AM

  5. 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.

    Posted by: April Roch | Feb 20, 2011 8:32:02 PM

  6. 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.

    Posted by: unawarexx | Apr 19, 2012 12:58:26 PM

  7. 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.

    Posted by: DiosOn | Nov 27, 2012 10:24:48 AM

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