Beatles founder Paul McCartney is about to give the world another unexpected performance. The classic rocker has been an outspoken endorser of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, as well as a backup musician for Kanye West. His next role could be his strangest yet.
Paul McCartney is about to hit “stranger tides” as a possible pirate. It’s unknown what his role will be in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, but it probably won’t be as big an Easter egg as when Rolling Stones front-man Keith Richards played Captain Jack Sparrow’s (Johnny Depp) father in At World’s End. This was significant, because Depp admitted that he based his character’s physical movements on Richards’ on-stage persona.
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As much as fans of Disney’s favorite pirate (other than Captain Hook) have slammed the last couple of films in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, it appears that Disney hasn’t given up on a possible comeback. While the story of On Stranger Tides was admittedly solid, the film lacked the charm that Pirates fans had grown to love and expect.
Even legal problems made it complicated when Johnny Depp and his wife had brought their dogs to Australia without the proper papers. The actor may have been stuck in prison and delayed the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. A worst-case scenario involved Jack Sparrow being recast, which some film fans might have been okay with. Johnny Depp hasn’t made many good films recently in the popular opinion, with Black Mass being his latest real success, and Through the Looking Glass being the Tim Burton sequel that might kill the Alice in Wonderland reboot.
These issues haven’t kept Pirates of the Caribbean 5 from filming, as it is now “officially” in post-production. However, there is one scene that they decided to go back and film afterward, and it involves Beatles front-man Paul McCartney. Deadline says that the scene is part of a major action sequence, and it’s likely he may be playing the role of Captain Jack Sparrow’s grandfather, continuing the line of musicians playing roles in his lineage.
It’s doubtful due to his age that Paul McCartney will be doing any acrobatic maneuvers, though. Of course Johnny Depp, is in his 50s, and he hasn’t stopped yet.
There is also the possibility that Paul McCartney will be replacing the role of King George, following the 2013 death of Richard Griffiths.
Paul McCartney has quietly joined the cast of the fifth installment of the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ series. https://t.co/dAzZnxmRmb
— Captivate (@Captivate) March 24, 2016
Vanity Fair suggests that McCartney will be playing a dual role, as a pivotal pirate and as a performer for a drunken pirate version of “Band on the Run.” Having a special Easter egg like a Beatles or McCartney song alongside his cameo in a major action scene might give the audience a moment like in Transformers: Dark of the Moon when Leonard Nimoy quoted his famous Spock line, “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”
Expectations are mixed across the board for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, but Jerry Bruckheimer and directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are looking to bring the franchise back. Hopefully, it will bring back the charm from Curse of the Black Pearl as Orlando Bloom returns and Paul McCartney enters the deck.
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