American actor Johnny Depp, is back in the scarves, jewels and eyeliner, bumbling his way from one adventure to the next as the insouciant Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. It's the fourth movie in the monstrously popular Disney franchise and it's given Depp one of his signature characters.
The chemistry between Sparrow and Angelica boils to a bubble from their very first scene together, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer credits that electric dynamic to the real-life friendship between Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz.
"Her performance was great and there is such great chemistry between Johnny and Penelope," he told MTV News. "They actually really do like each other. They worked together 10 years ago [on 'Blow']. You see that chemistry onscreen."
"You need someone like Penelope, who's an Academy Award winner, to go up against Johnny Depp, because if they're not as good as she is, you can see it right away," said Bruckheimer. "You can't spar with Johnny unless you're brilliant."
Headed into opening weekend, the changes appear to have worked. Box-office prognosticators are eyeing a debut in the $100 million range, and possibly higher, as 3-D ticket prices and, Disney hopes, positive word of mouth drive ticket sales.