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11.06.08 16 Comments

A few weeks back I reported on rumors that the studio was looking at Russell Brand for the part of Johnny Depp’s sidekick in Pirates of the Carribbean 4.  Now those rumors are being confirmed… by The Sun.

The deal to play Jonathan, younger brother of Johnny Depp’s character, could be worth £5million.  A source said: “There couldn’t be a role more perfectly suited. There’s a lot of Jack Sparrow in his mannerisms and behaviour. Depp’s accent isn’t a million miles away from Russell’s either.”

Reading news in the British press is about the same as hearing it from your aunt’s neighbor’s cousin’s plumber’s Filipino ladyboy-slave.  This one might be true, but keep in mind these are the same people who reported Cher would play Catwoman in the next Batman movie.  Also note: two separate sources chose to illustrate this story with a photoshopped picture.  The Daily Mail even went so far as to put a copyright symbol at the bottom of theirs. I feel this bears repeating: A mainstream media outlet pasted Russell Brand’s face on Johnny Depp’s body, and then claimed a copyright on it.  This is a joke, right?  Some dry British thing that we missed?  Oy claims a copyroight, Oy did.  Me maites n oy’s gonna hav a propa laff about dis one, else Oy ain’t dog’s your uncle lorrie bobby lift, eh guv?

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