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(at around 2h) The scene when Jack Sparrow calls Davy Jones "fish face", and sings to them "I got a jar of dirt", was unscripted and improvised by Johnny Depp, most of the reactions of the rest of the characters are real.
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The dice game that Will Turner plays with Davy Jones is called Liar's Dice, a gambling game where each player has to make consecutively higher bids based upon how many of each die they claim are on the table (two threes, four fives, etc.), until a player is called a liar, in which case, all the dice are shown, and it's seen if the bid is correct. Normally, a player only loses a die when caught in a lie, and is not out of the game, until he has lost all of his dice.
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The movie was shot back-to-back with Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007).
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Gore Verbinski initially rejected Casting Director Denise Chamian's suggestion to cast Naomie Harris as Tia Dalma, saying that she was too young for the role. Chamian insisted he give her a screen test. Finally, Harris' mother came with her for the audition, also serving as her dialect coach, since Dalma speaks in a partial Jamaican accent.
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Deleted footage of Tortuga from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) was added to the final cut of this movie.
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Johnny Depp's frequent collaborator, Tim Burton, contributed some of the conceptual designs of several crew members aboard the Flying Dutchman.
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For the production of this film as well as the next installments of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, two ships were actually built: The Black Pearl and The Flying Dutchman.
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The Kraken was difficult to animate, as it had no real-life reference, until Animation Director Hal T. Hickel instructed the crew to watch King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962), which had a real octopus crawling over miniatures.
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(at around 21 mins) When Will is looking for Captain Jack Sparrow, the last guy he asks tells him about an island where the "long pork" is very good. "Long pork" is a euphemism for human meat.
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The majority of the Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) set was destroyed in the hurricane, and had to be re-built for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007).
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Rolling Stone Keith Richards was set to make a cameo appearance as the father of Captain Jack Sparrow, but Richards had to pull out of the project, due to his commitment with The Rolling Stones world tour. Johnny Depp had previously said that his performance as Jack Sparrow was based on Richards. Keith makes a cameo appearance in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007).
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A popular pirate punishment was marooning. The pirate who was being punished was put on an island and left, sometimes for a few days, sometimes permanently. The "dead man's chest" is a small rocky island, so-called, because the rocks reminded pirates of a ribcage. It has no water or shade, and is so low, that waves frequently wash over it. To be marooned on the "chest" was to be given a death sentence under the broiling Caribbean sun.
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The texture of Davy Jones' skin, was made by scanning a dirty coffee cup, and applying it to the screen, using Photoshop-type software.
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Stellan Skarsgård's makeup took four hours to apply.
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While the script was being written, Keira Knightley suggested the scene between Jack and Elizabeth, where Jack is handcuffed to the ship.
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(at around 23 mins) The line delivered by Will Turner "I can do this all day" was improvised by Orlando Bloom.
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The film is banned in China for its depiction of cannibalism, an integral part to the movie's storyline.
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Beckett's letters of Marque are signed by "George R," which is the signature of King George I of England, which places the movie in the early-mid 1700s since King George I reigned from 1714 to 1727.
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It is stated in the DVD commentary, that the scene where several people argue how to pronounce "kraken" was added due to an error by Kevin McNally. The word is pronounced "kray-ken", but when McNally first said the creature's name, he pronounced it "crack-en", and this caught on with the rest of the cast. The scene was added to show how the creature's name is actually pronounced.
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All of Davy Jones' crew were actors. They all wore dark gray motion-capture suits, and before they could be filmed, they had to be scanned, in order for the computer to place the crew images over the top. Bill Nighy wore make-up around his eyes and mouth, in case computer rendering failed to look realistic during extreme close-ups (fortunately this was never needed).
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This is the first film to feature Disney's new logo, a computer-generated model of the Magic Kingdom, replacing the blue and white silhouette.
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The crew of The Flying Dutchman was originally conceived by the writers as ghosts, but Gore Verbinski disliked this idea.
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At 135,634,554 dollars domestically in its opening weekend, it was the first motion picture to reach one hundred million dollars the fastest, accomplishing the feat in two days.
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(at around 1h 7 mins) When Mr. Gibbs is enlisting new recruits at the tavern, a bunch of men are pulling a man out of a well, and he slowly spits out water. This is a re-creation of a scene in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at the Walt Disney theme parks.
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The gigantic wheel, upon which the sword fight between Sparrow, Turner, and Norrington takes place, weighed 1,800 pounds (816.4 kilograms), and stood eighteen feet (5.4 meters) tall.
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(at around 1h 7 mins) When the word "Tortuga" is set on fire on the deck, it is written in the trademark Disney font.
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Gore Verbinski originally wanted Davy Jones to be Dutch, as he is the Captain of the "Dutchman". Bill Nighy, however responded, "I don't do Dutch. So I decided on Scottish."
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Keira Knightley had to wear hair extensions, because she had cut her hair short for her role in Domino (2005).
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During filming, the cast and crew had to be evacuated to Los Angeles because of Hurricane Wilma.
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Gore Verbinski preferred to use practical props for the giant wheel and bone cage sequences, feeling long close-up shots would help further suspend the audience's disbelief.
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According to the novelization, Davy Jones' peg leg is made of pure whalebone. His pipe organ is made of coral, grown from the organic molding of the Flying Dutchman.
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For the film's release, the Walt Disney Company redesigned the Pirates of the Caribbean rides in Walt Disney World and Disneyland to feature Captain Jack Sparrow, Barbossa, and an appearance by the film's supernatural character Davy Jones, as part of the attraction, and premiered on the same day as the film.
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This marks famed visual effects house Industrial Light & Magic's first Oscar win since Forrest Gump (1994). This is also the only "Pirates of the Caribbean" film to win the award in any of its nominated categories (as of 2018).
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The highest-grossing movie of 2006.
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(at around 49 mins) The shack by the river, as the crew goes to see Tia Dalma, is identical to the shack on the far side of the river, across from the boarding dock of the Magic Kingdom's "Jungle Cruise" ride in Orlando, Florida.
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Tia Dalma's swamp is a re-creation of the opening bayou scene in the ride in Disneyland, complete with fireflies.
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Shooting in Dominica proved problematic. The government were completely unprepared for the scale of a Hollywood production, as while the five hundred-strong crew occupying around ninety percent of the roads on the island, they had trouble moving around on the underdeveloped surfaces. The weather also alternated between torrential rainstorms, and hot temperatures, the latter of which was made worse for the cast, who had to wear period clothing.
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Davy Jones (Bill Nighy), the main villain, does not physically appear until exactly one hour into the film.
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The hierarchy among the Flying Dutchman crew, is reflected by how mutated they were: newcomers have low level infections, which resemble rosacea, while veterans have full-blown undersea creature attributes.
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The crew had four tall ships at their disposal, to populate the backgrounds, which were painted differently on each side for economy.
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(at around 1h 10 mins) The music played during the pub brawl on Tortuga, was not composed for the movie. It is a traditional piece called "Fisher's Hornpipe".
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The MythBusters (2003) attempted to recreate the swinging the hanging cage segment, but were unable to cause the cage to swing far enough to reach the "canyon" wall. They concluded that it was good cinema, but impossible in real-life.
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Bill Nighy only wore a prosthetic once, with blue-colored tentacles for when Will Turner steals the key to the Dead Man's Chest from under his "beard" as he sleeps.
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(at around 1h 12 mins) When Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) is playing the pipe organ, the song he is playing is a slightly sped up version of the tune that his locket plays.
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Stay after the credits for an additional scene.
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The Black Pearl was never on the beach of the cannibal island. It's a model, digitally added to the shots, complete with digital water splashes.
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The conch-man speaks Cantonese after his head is knocked off.
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In most shots of the cannibal island, the background scenery has been digitally altered. Some overview shots are completely computer generated.
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The dog with the keys is never given a proper name. The script just refers to him as "prison dog".
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The Black Pearl was built over the body of an oil tanker in Bayou La Batre, Alabama.
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The bone cages on Cannibal Island were made of Styrofoam or steel, depending on the scene.
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Maccus (Dermot Keaney) the first mate on the Flying Dutchman is Celtic for 'hammer' regarding his hammerhead like appearance.
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(at around 47 mins) When the sailors fight over the dress on the ship, on which Elizabeth has stowed away, they talk about the ghost of a woman who was widowed before her wedding. This is similar to a plot point in the Disney ride "The Haunted Mansion" at Walt Disney World.
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Sets from the previous film were reused, having survived three hurricanes, although the main pier had to be rebuilt, as it had collapsed.
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Davy Jones' tentacles are mostly a simulation, though at times, they were hand-animated when they act as limbs for the character.
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Throughout the movie, many references are made to the original Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003). These include the following: Cutler Beckett is corrected by Elizabeth and Will when he fails to refer to Jack Sparrow as "Captain" (Jack insisted on being called "Captain Jack Sparrow" in the first movie); Governor Swann breaks off an arm of a candlestick inside the dungeon (the same happened to Will in the Governor's house in the first movie); Governor Swann asks where the "dog with the keys" is; the dog is still holding the keys in the rowboat; Jack asks, "Why is the rum always gone?" (he asked Elizabeth the same twice in the first movie); Will gets slapped by a lady in Tortuga (Jack's being slapped by ladies he once mistreated was a running joke in the first film); Jack says "Hide the rum" when Elizabeth arrives (Elizabeth burned his rum in the first movie); a running gag plays on the fact that Jack the monkey is immortal (he stole one of the Cortez coins in the post-credits scene at the end of the first film).
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(at around 18 mins) The two sailors quarreling over Jack's hat on the boat, which is then sunk by the Kraken, are from Cyprus. The sailor on the left is Turkish-Cypriot while the other on the right is Greek-Cypriot, and speaks the Greek-Cypriot dialect.
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Naomie Harris was filming this film together with Miami Vice (2006). All of her scenes, as Tia Dalma, were filmed in the Bahamas during the weekends.
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This movie held the box-office record for the highest opening weekend with 135,634,554 dollars earned. The former record holder was Spider-Man 2 (2004). The record was then broken by Spider-Man 3 (2007).
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Planning began in June 2004, and production was much larger than Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003). By November, the script was still unfinished, as the writers didn't want Gore Verbinski and Jerry Bruckheimer to compromise what they had written, so Verbinski worked with James Ward Byrkit to storyboard major sequences without need of a script, while Elliott and Rossio wrote a "preparatory" script for the crew to use before they finished the script they were happy with. By January 2005, with rising costs and no script, Disney threatened to cancel the film, but changed their minds. The writers would accompany the crew on-location, feeling that the lateness of their re-writes would improve the spontaneity of the cast's performances.
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Gore Verbinski wanted to keep the Flying Dutchman crew realistic, rejecting a character with a turtle shell, and the animators watched various David Attenborough documentaries, to study the movement of sea anemones and mussels.
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To portray Jones on set, Bill Nighy wore a motion capture tracksuit, that meant the animators at Industrial Light & Magic did not have to reshoot the scene in the studio without him, or on the motion capture stage.
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In June 2006, the "Flying Dutchman" set ship was towed to Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line's private island, where it was displayed in promotion release of the movies.
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The scene where Jack Sparrow calls Davy Jones "Oi! Fishface!" he also calls him "Scungilli". Scungilli is a unpopular, meal that consists on sea snail or conch sliced and served on many variaties.
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The pirate musical "band", that was playing in the inn at Tortuga, is also from the ride. Notice the one playing the accordion.
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Jack the Monkey was played by two monkeys - Chiquita and Pablo, who replace the two monkeys from the first film. Tara and Levi played the part of "Jack the Monkey" in the first film.
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In an interview with CGSociety, Visual Effects Art Director Aaron McBride revealed that when he was given the task of doing photo-real illustrations of Davy Jones, there was talk that Christopher Walken would play the role.
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Release prints were delivered to theaters with the fake title "Rummy 2".
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(at around 1h 8 mins) When Norrington introduces himself to Gibbs on Tortuga, he says that his story is 'the same as yours, just one chapter behind'. Later on he is dumped in the pigsty after the fight in the pub. This is the same setting (perhaps even the same pigs) as where Jack Sparrow found Gibbs in the first movie, the previous chapter.
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Chip and Salsa play the parrot that talks for the pirate Cotton (David Bailie). Only one bird appears at a time, but both birds play the same character. Chip performed in most of the scenes where the parrot was required to sit patiently on a character's shoulder. Salsa performed most of the tricks and when a scene required more animation, such as flying.
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The novelization goes into more detail about Norrington's fall from grace. Apparently, he never forgave himself for allowing Jack to escape, and subsequently left Port Royal in disgrace.
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The Kraken was the last of its kind, according to Greek myth.
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The writers considered using the Fountain of Youth as a plot device. It was later used in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011).
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The Edinburgh Trader is the H.M.S. Bounty from Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), which later sank during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
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The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is the twelfth highest grossing franchise ever.
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Stellan Skarsgård's character was the only member of the Flying Dutchman who was wearing make up.
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Weta Digital was responsible for the logo's final animated rendering, and Mark Mancina was hired to score a new composition of "When You Wish Upon A Star".
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The film premiered at Disneyland in California.
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Calypso was an ancient Greek goddess of the sea.
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Was denied a theatrical release in China, due to its subjects involving ghosts, the supernatural, and the afterlife.
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Orlando Bloom and Bill Nighy have both appeared in adaptations of The Lord of the Rings. Bloom played Legolas in Peter Jackson's films, while Nighy was the voice of Samwise Gamgee in the BBC Radio version.
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Bill Nighy later revealed that Scottish sitcom Still Game (2002) influenced his choice of accent, stating: "I had to find an accent no one else had. Although Alex Norton is Scottish, mine was slightly different. We wanted something that was distinctive and authoritative...I have seen Still Game (2002) and I am a fan. The sort of extremity of the accent was inspired in that area."
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Initially, Stellan Skarsgård's prosthetics would be augmented with CGI, but that was abandoned.
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Filming on Grand Bahama Island was a tumultuous period, starting with the fact that the tank had not actually been finished. Hurricane season caused many pauses in shooting, and Hurricane Wilma damaged many of the accessways and pumps, though no one was hurt, nor were any of the ships destroyed.
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The ship, The Black Pearl, was built in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, at Steiner Shipyard, just a couple of blocks from Bayou La Batre City Hall.
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Both Keira Knightley (Elizabeth Swann) and Tom Hollander (Cutler Beckett) star in the 2005 remake of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice (2005). Knightley as Elizabeth Bennett and Hollander as Mr. Collins.
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Isla Cruces means Crosses Island in English.
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In 2006, both Disney World and Disneyland updated the rides and added animatronics of Jack Sparrow, Hector Barbossa who replaced the original captain of the Wicked Wench and Davy Jones to coincide with the release of the film.
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Stellan Skarsgård was dubbed "Bouillabaisse" on set.
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This was the first Disney film to use the new computer-generated Walt Disney Pictures production logo, which took a year for the studio to design.
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Other actors considered for the part of Davy Jones included Iain Glen, Jim Broadbent, and Richard E. Grant.
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According to the novelization for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), the Flying Dutchman is the fastest ship on the ocean.
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Liar's Dice is available to play as a DVD special feature, like for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007).
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Davy Jones had originally been designed with chin growths, before the designers made the move to full-blown tentacles. His skin incorporates the texture of a coffee-stained Styrofoam cup, among other elements.
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(at around 56 mins) The Black Pearl sails to an archipelago that matches the outline of Tia Dalma's crab claws.
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"Isla de Muerta" is Spanish for "Island of Death", or "Death Island".
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Bill Nighy wore make-up around his eyes and mouth to splice into the computer-generated shots, but the images of his eyes and mouth were not used.
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(at around 1h 35 mins) Captain Jack Sparrow referring to Elizabeth as "Lizzie" could be a reference to Keira Knightley's role as Elizabeth "Lizzie" Bennett in Pride & Prejudice (2005). She was nominated for an Academy Award for this role.
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The Dutch audience awarded it with the "TV Krant Filmposter Award" of 2006.
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Michael Keaton was considered for the role of Davy Jones.
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Tom Skerritt was considered for the role of Bootstrap "Bill" Turner.
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Kurt Russell was considered for the role of Lord Cutler Beckett.
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Ben Stiller was considered for the role of Bootstrap "Bill" Turner.
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Janet Jackson was considered for the role of Tia Dalma.
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Angela Bassett was considered for the role of Tia Dalma.
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Tom Hollander (Cutler Beckett) and Keira Knightley (Elizabeth Swan) previously worked together on Pride and Prejudice 2005.
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This movie contains three actors from Game of Thrones (2011), including Jonathan Pryce (High Sparrow), Mackenzie Crook (Orell), and Andy Beckwith (Rorge).
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The website for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is DisneyPirates.Com.
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Martin Landau was considered for the role of Davy Jones.
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Steve Coogan was considered for the role of Davy Jones.
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Albert Finney was considered for the role of Davy Jones.
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Corbin Bernsen was considered for the role of Davy Jones.
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Kelsey Grammer was considered for the role of Davy Jones.
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Harrison Ford was considered for the role of Bootstrap "Bill" Turner.
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Amy Adams was considered for the role of Tia Dalma.
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Cindy Margolis was considered for the role of Tia Dalma.
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Salli Richardson-Whitfield was considered for the role of Tia Dalma.
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Jamie Kennedy was considered for the role of Bootstrap "Bill" Turner.
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Orson Bean was considered for the role of Bootstrap "Bill" Turner.
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Filmed in the Commonwealth of Dominica in 2005. Producers, cast and crew resided at Portsmouth Beach Hotel and Picard Beach Cottages during filming. It was the largest production the island had hosted as of that year.
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The Pelegostos are convinced Jack is a god bound in human form, and want to release him. As it turns out, their idea isn't that far-fetched... When Will is looking for Jack, the last man he speaks to talks about an island where he's seen a marooned ship with black sails, at which he trades for 'long pork'. 'Long pork' being a euphemism for human flesh (although it's left up in the air whether Will would know that.)
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Jack briefly escaping the Mêlée à Trois, only to fall headlong into an open grave, foreshadowing what happens to him at the end.
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Second short appearance in a Pirate movie for French Comedian Georges Trillat. Georges appeared in Pirates (1986).
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In the Latin American dub, Spanish-Mexican actor Germán Robles, did the voice of Davy Jones. He reprise the character for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007).
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the large, courthouse sized clock being off loaded in port royal appears to be identical to the prop used in back to the future 3
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(at around 2h 10 mins) The scene where Elizabeth kisses Jack Sparrow was actually left out of Orlando Bloom's script for a better reaction.
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(at around 2h 20 mins) For a dose of authenticity in the final twist at the end of the film, the actors were not told, prior to filming, that Geoffrey Rush would be appearing in the movie. They were told, before the scene was shot, that the person coming down the stairs would be Anamaria (Zoe Saldana) from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003). The looks of surprise on their faces as Rush descends are genuine.
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(at around 52 mins) While in Tia Dalma's hut, Jack is seen handling a black hat with a large black feather in it. Those who know the first movie, will recognize the hat as belonging to Barbossa.
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(at around 51 mins) When Jack offers the monkey to Tia Dalma, she opens the cage, setting the monkey free. The monkey then runs off and starts playing with a pair of boots that are attached to a leg (presumably Captain Barbossa's).
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(at around 55 mins) When Jack Sparrow is at Tia Dalma's hut, there is a necklace on the table when Jack is stealing the ring. The picture on the necklace is the same image on the music box on Davy Jones' pipe organ, a hint to a major plot point in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007).
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(at around 2h 20 mins) The apple that Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) bites at the end of the film is a nod to the Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003). In that film, Barbossa lamented that as a living dead, he could not enjoy the taste of an apple.
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The only film in the franchise where Jack has complete control on the Black Pearl.
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Geoffrey Rush is not credited, but his assistant Stephen J. Young is.
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Body count: 82
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(at around 21 mins) The black sailor who brings Will to the cannibals' island speaks French when he refuses to go any further and makes Will swim to the shore. What he actually says is: "J'y vais pas, c'est trop dangereux je vous dis." This can be translated into: "There is no way I'm going, I'm telling you it's too dangerous."
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According to the novelization for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), Elizabeth felt terribly guilty about leaving Jack to die at the hands of the Kraken at the climax. But she sensed he was proud of her pirate-like behavior.
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In the novelization for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), Elizabeth lost some respect for Norrington after he gave the heart of Davy Jones to Lord Cutler Beckett to regain his standing in the Navy, but he never stopped loving her, despite her love of the pirate's life.
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WILHELM SCREAM: Heard when the Kraken attacks the Royal Navy ship after Will evacuates the crew.
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In the novelization for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), Lord Cutler Becket considers Jack peculiar, but devious, and Barbossa considers Jack dangerous, but foolhardy.
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(at around 2h 10 mins) Near the end of this movie, Jack Sparrow says to the Kraken, "Hello, Beastie". Maleficent says when Sleeping Beauty wakes up, "Hello, Beastie". Both are Disney movies.
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When Tia Dalma tells the tale of how Davy Jones fell in love with a woman, Gibbs says that he heard a different version of the tale in which Jones fell in love with the sea. Tia Dalma says that they are two versions of the same story and both are true. Also while Jack is shown shop-lifting from her hut, there's a music box amongst her trinkets, that's matching the one Davy Jones has. Turns out that she's the sea goddess Jones fell in love with.
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