I recently seen an advance screening of the “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” and I hate to post spoilers so in celebration of the upcoming release I am sharing with you my favorite fun facts. By the way the movie was awesome so make sure you see it in theaters this weekend in theaters worldwide May 26th.
Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” a rip-roaring adventure that finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack
My Favorite Fun Facts
In typical “Pirates of the Caribbean” tradition—which has seen the cast and crew of the previous four films battling extreme weather conditions all over the world—the film’s primary shooting location of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, suffered its wettest conditions in 61 years due to a cyclone named Marcia.
The extraordinarily detailed St. Martin town set, designed by Nigel Phelps and executed by supervising art director Ian Gracie and construction coordinator Bernie Childs, sits on five acres of verdant terrain in the Hinterlands suburb of Maudsland and is an artist’s concept of a fanciful, teeming British colonial village in the Caribbean. Although most of the structures were only fronts, at least two—Grimes’ Tavern and Swift’s Chart House—were in three dimensions, wonderfully and atmospherically decked out by Beverley Dunn’s set decoration department. Some of the buildings were cleverly designed to be picked up and moved in their entirety to different sections of the village to give even a greater sense of the town’s size.
Costume designer Penny Rose and her team converted an entire 20,000 foot sound stage at Village Roadshow Studios in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia into a wardrobe warehouse filled with 2000 costumes, hats, shoes and accessories, all meticulously arranged by character names, types, genders and ages.
To properly age the wardrobe, Penny Rose and her team used a variety of innovative techniques, including putting them along with pebbles in a cement mixer, using cheese graters to wear them down and, occasionally, taking blowtorches to materials as well!
Key hair designer Peter Swords King’s department created more than 1,000 wigs for the film, and on the biggest days made up 700 extras and 30 principals, with a main team of 22 people and another 70 in a vast tent for background, stunt players and wranglers. The facility was humorously referred to as “the sausage factory.”
Captain Jack Sparrow’s hero rum bottle prop is an actual 18th century item from England. Meanwhile, several of the film’s parasols were handmade by a little old lady in her 70s in Brisbane, one of the last people in the world who do such craftsmanship.
When the “Dead Men Tell No Tales” company filmed in the thick jungle of Tamborine Mountain, they had to don hardhats to protect their heads from remarkably heavy black beans falling from the ancient trees. The Australian crew, tongues firmly planted in cheek, told their colleagues from America and other countries that they were actually for “drop bears,” the mythical monster marsupials resembling large, carnivorous koalas, which supposedly drop on to unsuspecting victims’ heads from tall treetops.