Last week I posted several interviews with the cast of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES when we had the opportunity to chat with them at the PIRATES press junket this month in Beverly Hills. The cast wasn’t the only talent with whom we scored exclusive Q&A sessions. Today I’m sharing with you our interview the directing team of the film, Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg!
Fierce. Driven. Intelligent. Those are the three words that jumped to my mind when asked to describer new PIRATES character Carina Smyth. Kaya Scolderio portrays Carina, an astronomer, in the latest installment of this globally renown franchise, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES. She is a smart woman of science. When we meet her, she is imprisoned for “witchcraft” because of her knowledge of time and space. However, I love that the fact within a seconds of her being introduced to the viewers, she easily picks a lock and escapes, proving that her role is not one of a damsel in distress.
As I mentioned in my review of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, this film introduces new characters into the PIRATES world. One of those is Henry, portrayed by Brenton Thwaites! When we meet Henry, we’ve already learning that he is the son of Will Turner and is trying to break the curse that forces Will to captain the Flying Dutchman. His desire to reconnect with and free his father is what sets the film into motion.
What would a PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN film be without Captain Jack Sparrow’s “frenemy” for lack of a better term… Captain Hector Barbossa!?! When we first met Geoffrey Rush‘s character, he was the villainous captain of the Black Pearl, only after he led a mutiny against Jack, the ship’s previous captain. Over the next few movies, we see Barbossa transform from his treacherous self to one willing to help save Jack from Davy Jones’ Locker, and then eventually becoming a privateer with the British Royal Navy. The last time we saw Barbossa, he teamed up with Jack to take on the infamous Blackbeard. So while the Barbossa we meet in DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES still has elements from his previous self, without any spoilers, I’ll let you know that there is something different about the Barbossa we encounter in the fifth film, when he faces off with Captain Salazar.
The first time I watched the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAN MEN TELL NO TALES trailer, all I could think was “Wow, that’s one creepy creep” (Didn’t know Salazar was a ghost yet!). When Javier Bardem plays a villain, he plays a villain well. There is a reason Javier won the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role as hitman Anton Chigur in NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN. His portray as Raoul Silva in the James Bond thriller SKYFALL, once again proved that Javier plays a nefarious villain up on the big screen. To me it was no surprise that he’s heading to the high seas as Captain Salazar to face off against the legendary Captain Jack Sparrow.