Scenes were left out of At World's End which establish that, if the captain of the Flying Dutchman has someone to come home to at the end of his ten years, he can vacate the post to another. Leaving this scene on the cutting-room floor strips important Character Development from Tia Dalma, who knowingly condemned Davy Jones to a Fate Worse than Death by not waiting for him, and Jones himself, whose fury is now more sympathetic. It also downgrades The Stinger from full-on Babies Ever After to a Bittersweet Ending.
An alternate scene of Jack and Elizabeth on the island in Curse of the Black Pearl which hinted at the darker side of Jack's nature after Elizabeth learns that the "grand adventure of the infamous Jack Sparrow" boiled down to him spending three days "lying on a beach drinking rum" had her questioning whether there was any truth to the other stories that gave him his reputation as a bad ass pirate, to which Jack responds by showing her various scars all over his arms and chest and then saying "None at all." Prior to this there was another scene where Elizabeth went for a walk around the island to dry herself off and then chastise Jack for wanting to trade Will for a ship, at which point Jack reveals that he never had any intention of doing any such thing, if only because Will was his ace in the hole.
Dolled-Up Installment: The 2003 video game Pirates of the Caribbean. It began as a sequel to Sea Dogs before Disney bought the game while it was still being developed and slapped the Pirates name on it at the last minute, as well as adding a narration by Keira Knightley and using the Black Pearl as the game's final boss.
Dyeing for Your Art: Many of the actors playing pirates have to wear false, rotten teeth, tanning lotion and contacts. Stellan Skarsgård's makeup took four hours to apply in Dead Man's Chest.
The actors were told that The Reveal at the end of Dead Man's Chest would be of a completely different character - Annamaria, rather than Barbossa - hence their very realistic surprise.
The Black Pearl's crew screaming while rolling in the bone cages.
Will and Elizabeth's reaction to Jack's little "I've got a jar of dirt" song.
Will's reaction to witnessing Elizabeth's kiss of death at the end.
Executive Meddling: Disney execs (and fans of the theme park ride) freaked out on reports that Depp was getting his teeth capped with numerous gold teeth and piercings for what was originally intended to be a "kid friendly, spooky" companion film to the now-forgotten Haunted Mansion movie. Depp's way of handling this was to take out the offending accessories when the Disney handlers complained... and then put them right back on as soon as they walked away.
Role-Ending Misdemeanor: Disney decided to part ways with Depp after the fifth film's Troubled Production and underperformance at the box office. Behind the scenes drama on the film included legal trouble between Depp and then wife Amber Heard and the Australian government over smuggling their dogs into the country without filing the proper paperwork with the agricultural ministry which embarrassed Disney. Then the two of them had a drunken blowout in which the tip of Depp's finger got severed that caused him to have to fly home to the US to see a specialist, costing untold precious time and money. In 2020 they started moving forward with a spin-off starring Margot Robbie but any hope of his returning to the planned reboot of the main continuity was probably quashed when he lost a high profile libel lawsuit against a tabloid that November that resulted in him being legally permitted to be called a "wife beater" since he was subsequently let go from the Fantastic Beasts series and his planned return to television in a prestige Harry Houdini miniseries after the verdict. note The judge found the 12 of 14 instances the tabloid used in court to meet the civil case requirements for domestic violence. His attempt to get a retrial was dismissed on the grounds it was highly unlikely to change the verdict. He has also revealed in his lawsuit against Heard that he has no intention of coming back to the franchise, in part due to Disney staying at a distance while also continuing to make money off of Depp's character, souring his opinion of the company.
Troubled Production: Planning for the second film began in June 2004, but by November, the script was still not finished which forced Gore Verbinski to start planning some sequences without it. By January 2005 there was still no script, and with that on top of the rising costs for the film, Disney almost cancelled it. Around this time they started shooting...with the writers on hand, still writing the script. The same happened with the third film. Explains a lot, doesn't it?
Word of God: The creators claim that Will Turner is the best swordsman of the series while Jack Sparrow is actually the worst swordsman of the series, with Norrington and Barbossa evenly matched in terms of swordsmanship (though what Jack lacks in actual talent he makes up for with improvisation and cheating).