Johnny Depp took time off from swashbuckling his way through the making of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales to visit children in treatment at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, Queensland.
Depp arrived in full Jack Sparrow costume to the delight of the children and staff at the hospital, Mashable reports. Johnny — or should we say Jack — posed for lots of selfies and mingled with the kids. Depp then sat down for an interview with JuicedTV, a show produced by the children in treatment at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.
Looks like Johnny has a lot more compassion for these kids than the Australian government had for his dogs.
In April, Johnny Depp flew to Australia with his two Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo. But the Aussie government was not happy about it, because Johnny failed to declare his two furry passengers. The Pirates Of The Caribbean star could have faced 10 years in prison or a maximum fine of AUS$340,000 ($263,224) for illegally bringing the Yorkshire terriers into the country if the matter had gone to court. Australia’s agriculture minister, Barnaby Joyce, threatened to have the dogs killed if they weren’t removed from Aussie territory within 50 hours.
“It is time that Pistol and Boo buggered off to the United States,” he insisted, after Depp’s dogs were seen getting pampered on social media.
Luckily, Johnny complied with the government’s rules and Pistol and Boo returned to the United States safely.
Depp’s visit to the children’s hospital came after days of shooting of Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Hours before his hopital visit, he was seen on the Gold Coast set, smiling and chatting with the cast and crew.
The Pirates of The Caribbean film production has faced its fair share of problems. It’s behind schedule and over $70 million dollars over budget after going through two lengthy delays, according to a report by the Daily Telegraph. First, the production was delayed because Depp suffered a hand injury and had to fly back to the United States.
Then Johnny and his wife Amber Heard, 29, went home briefly in May to accompany their two banned dogs on their trip back home.
“We bent over backwards to get their monkeys in – it was only just recently they had to get monkeys in [for their set] and we had to try and do everything in our power [to get them in],” Barnaby Joyce, the Agriculture minister, said at the time.
“So they know what the deal is, and that’s why we’re a bit miffed by them. They know our laws, abide by them,” he added.
Johnny Depp may not have many friends in the Australian government, but hopefully Jack Sparrow’s performance in Pirates of The Caribbean will help to smooth things over.
[Photos via the Daily Mail]