The Danza: The dwarf pirate Marty is played by Martin Klebba.
Deleted Scene: 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, already tired of dealing with Johnny Depp's drinking, and deeply angered over the completely avoidable fight with the Australian government, seized on the widespread failure of the fifth film as an excuse to cut him out of a potential reboot series. Accusations of domestic abuse also influenced the decision to have him cut from the reboot series. However it has since come out that his ex-wife Amber Heard lied about the abuse and in fact physically abused Depp. As a result a petition has been created to have him re-cast.
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).