Jack Sparrow

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Captain Jack Sparrow is a character in the following films:

About Jack Sparrow[edit]

  • We wrote a very specific character and Johnny played that character but his performance was one neither of us could have imagined. We wanted to create this trickster. If you go all the way back to [Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel] Treasure Island, we kind of borrowed the moral ambiguity of that story. The whole thing comes down to [young boy] Jim Hawkins making the call as to whether [pirate] Long John Silver is a good man or a bad man—that’s the emotional crux of that story. Silver does kill people—he betrays everybody—and this moral ambiguity is inherent in the pirate/swashbuckler genre. To that regard, the trickster archetype seemed appropriate. That’s what we wanted to do with Jack Sparrow. Whether Johnny identified that consciously, he definitely found a perfect performance.
  • Jack kind of represents the ultimate free man—he really has no obligations to anybody, and, obviously, if you make an obligation to somebody, you’re limiting your own freedom. But, if you’re not willing to limit your own freedom, you can’t have those relationships. If you look at Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest from that point of view, you kind of see what really leads to Jack’s ultimate fate and why Elizabeth does what she does.

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