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09.21.09 19 Comments

(“Now which one a you dogs’d loike ta play swords wiv moy friend Orlando Bloom?”)

Dick Cook resigned (or was fired, but who really cares) as studio chief at Disney on Friday after 38 years with the company.  One of the consequences of which is that Johnny Depp now isn’t sounding so hot on doing Pirates of the Caribbean 4. Thank God.

The actor said it was because of Cook that he ended up working with Disney in the first place. Cook had been trying woo Depp for years with various projects including doing voice-overs for animated films and one day, in Cook’s office, the studio chief threw out an idea that Depp pounced on. He said, ‘We’re thinking about doing this ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie,'” Depp recalled. “I said I was in. This was before there was a script or anything.”  Depp said one of the reasons he committed to the movie was because he trusted Cook.
“When things went a little sideways on the first ‘Pirates’ movie and others at the studio were less than enthusiastic about my interpretation of the character, Dick was there from the first moment. He trusted me,” said Depp, referring to his controversial choices to fill his mouth with gold fillings and wear “things tied into my hair.”

As for the fourth planned “Pirates” movie, Depp said while he has a potential deal in place that will depend on how good the script is, his passion for the project at the moment has been severely dampened by the news that Cook will no longer be around.  “There’s a fissure, a crack in my enthusiasm at the moment,” Depp said. “It was all born in that office.”  [LATimes]

Three horrible movies and it’s only now that you’re considering quitting?  I guess it only figures that he’d notice a fissure after big Dick pulls out.  …Oh sure, act like you wouldn’t have made an anal sex joke there.  I REGRET NOTHING!  *jumps ship with knife between teeth*

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