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Depp may leave fourth ‘Pirate’ after Disney chief’s dismissal

Johnny Depp may quit Disney's fourth 'Pirate of The Caribbean' movie over the abrupt departure of its chief.

Written by Agencies | Los Angeles |
September 22, 2009 2:08:27 pm

Johnny Depp may quit Disney’s fourth ‘Pirate of The Caribbean’ movie over the abrupt departure of its chief Dick Cook,who first suggested the idea of ‘Captain Jack Sparrow’ to the actor.

Cook had to leave the company on Friday following a string of box office disappointments.

The actor said he was “shocked and very sad” to hear about the news and said that his enthusiasm for a fourth “Pirates” movie has waned with the news of Cook’s exit,the Los Angeles Times reported.

Depp,who made famous the bizarre character of Captain Jack Sparrow in the money-minting franchise,has already signed a deal to repeat his role in the fourth movie.

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But the actor said that it will now depend on “how good the script is” as his passion for the project at the moment has been severely dampened by the news that Cook will no longer be around.

“There’s a fissure,a crack in my enthusiasm at the moment. It was all born in that office,” the actor said.

The actor said that it was because of Cook that he ended up working with Disney in the first place.

“He said,’We’re thinking about doing this ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie. I said I was in. This was before there was a script or anything.

“He’s instantly trustworthy. And you generally don’t meet people at the studios you trust,” the actor said about Cook,adding that he supported Depp against the studio executives,who were “opposed to my body language”.

“When things went a little sideways on the first ‘Pirates’ movie and others at the studio were less than enthusiastic about my interpretation of the character,Dick was there from the first moment. He trusted me,” said Depp adding that he came to know about the news from Cook himself.

“He is the utmost gentleman,so he made the call himself. He said,’I’d like you to hear it from me before you hear it from someone else or read it. He said today was my last day. He didn’t give me a reason. I didn’t see this coming. There was no reason to see this coming,” Depp said.

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