The first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, 2003’s The Curse of the Black Pearl, was a smash hit. It earned $654 million at the box office. The success of the film prompted Disney to give the green light to complete the trilogy almost immediately.
But while filming the second film, Dead Man’s Chest, in 2005 through Palos Verdes, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, and the Bahamas, some rough times went through.
The cast and crew were left with the extremely hot climate at the locations, as well as tropical storms that would break out during filming. They were also commissioned to shoot on the water, on real ships, as well as in specially designed groups.
But it wasn’t until Depp’s big wheel started to really suffer.
In Dead Man’s Chest, Captain Jack Sparrow, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Norrington (Jack Davenport) engage in a thrilling sword fight atop a moving water wheel.
This amazing scene scene was actually real, as both actors were competing on top of a spinning apparatus, sitting inside as he rolled over.
However, Depp revealed, during an interview to promote the film, that he suffered a life-changing injury.
“When they tied me to the wheel – however long it was – I stayed there for hours and hours,” he said. “I lost sensation in the upper half of my left foot for four or five months.”
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The cast and crew of Pirates of the Caribbean were exposed to extreme weather conditions. But one occasion was disastrous.
The Caribbean storm shook everyone involved in the film, so much so that they were left trembling while they had to repair any damage to the film’s sets and ships.
After that, Depp decided to make a change. He spent thousands of dollars of his own money to buy thick winter coats for everyone working on the movie.
He would have ensured that no one working on his film would be cold or uncomfortable during these unexpected storms.
It’s this kind of kindness that has led Depp’s fans to invite the star back to the Disney series.
In fact, Depp’s fans started an online petition asking Disney to bring him back. The petition on Change.org has more than 875,000 signatures from around the world.
But he may not be eager to return. Especially considering his recent fight in court against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, made him debate a comeback.
During the case, he asserted that he “won’t” return for $300 million and “a million alpacas.”
The Pirates of the Caribbean movies are now available to stream on Disney Plus.