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Trivia / Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

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  • Awesome, Dear Boy: According to Orlando Bloom, a reason why he returned was his attraction to the idea of him Playing Against Type as a mutated sea-creature/human hybrid like Davy Jones.
  • B-Team Sequel: Rob Marshall was rumoured to return to direct, but declined after choosing to direct Into the Woods. Gore Verbinski passed on the project, feeling that "there's no reason other than financial" in making the film. Also, Hans Zimmer was unable to score the film, as he was working on Dunkirk.
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  • Celebrity Voice Actor: In the Japanese dub, Carina is voiced by Chiaki Kuriyama, aka Go-Go Yubari.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Salazar, when he died, was significantly older than Jack Sparrow. Johnny Depp is actually six years older than Javier Bardem.
    • Henry Turner is supposedly 21, five years younger than Brenton Thwaites at the time of filming. This is not helped by his on-screen parents (who are only 4 and 12 years older than him), seemingly have aged only a decade - the Sequel Gap since their last appearance - instead of two.
  • Development Gag: Jack's look in the flashback exactly matches the original character design for the first movie before Johnny Depp took things into his own hands.
  • Follow the Leader: The film's promotional campaign seems to be taking notes from that of Logan, with the ominous Johnny Cash music and whatnot. Coincidentally, it also features a central character of the series meeting his biological daughter and sacrificing himself in her defense.
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  • Franchise Killer: Its poor reception and low box office gross (it's the second-lowest grossing film in the franchise, after The Curse of the Black Pearl) resulted in Disney canceling plans for future movies and opting to reboot the franchise, adding that Depp would not return in any capacity to the reboot series.
  • I Knew It!: Once fans began noticing how much Brenton Thwaites's resembles Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley they theorized for months that Henry was Will and Elizabeth Turner's son, before this featurette confirmed it.
  • Meaningful Release Date:
    • The film was widely released on Memorial Day. Salazar, the film's villain, is the ghost of a dead Spanish soldier.
    • The date is almost exactly ten years after At World's End. Ten years, as in how many years Will Turner must wait before he can set foot on land again.
  • Reality Subtext: This is the film where Jack Sparrow appears to have hit rock bottom in terms of his intelligence, common sense, and reputation. As noted in Troubled Production below and in Leaning on the Fourth Wall, Johnny Depp filmed this movie during a dark time in his life where he was caught up in a bitter divorce and was on a roll of critical and box-office failures like Alice Through the Looking Glass, Mortdecai, and Transcendence.
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  • Real-Life Relative: Director Joachim Rønning's two children appear in the film as extras.
  • Refitted for Sequel: Davy Jones and his crew were originally going to be ghost pirates in Dead Man's Chest, before being changed into the Crustacean-human hybrids seen in the final film, probably to make them different from Barbossa and his cursed crew. This original idea may have been the inspiration for Salazar and his crew in this film.
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor: Depp's then-wife Amber Heard nearly wound up going to jail after they failed to declare their dogs to the Australian government. She ultimately apologized and was forced to pay a fine, though the drama did badly affect the filming of the movie for a few months. Her husband was not as fortunate, as Disney was already deeply angered by the relentless delays and the entire fight with the Australian government had caused a year of unneccesary delay in the film production. Heard's abuse allegations, and the film's poor performance, was all the evidence Disney needed to fire Depp from the franchise.
  • Separated-at-Birth Casting: Brenton Twaites looks exactly like what someone would expect a child of Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley to look like.
  • Sequel Gap: Comes out six years after On Stranger Tides.
  • Troubled Production: The film was being produced as Johnny Depp was going through a bitter divorce from his wife Amber Heard. As such, he was chronically late to the set, as most of his time was spent drinking and getting into fights with Heard, to the point where it ate into the schedule as the set often came to a halt for hours at a time. It got to the point where a production assistant was hired just to wait outside Depp's house and announce that he was awake when they saw the lights inside come on. There was also a two week delay when Depp injured his hand and had to be flown to the United States for surgery. This was nothing compared to his fight with the Australian government, which took up a whole year and saw Disney and all the Pirates fans wondering if Depp was going to be charged with dog smuggling. While Amber Heard ultimately was forced to plead guilty after it was discovered that the dogs belonged to her, the year long saga was a massive draw on Disney's patience, and was a major factor in Depp getting fired.
  • Wag the Director: The original script contained a female villain. Johnny Depp vetoed this, as he felt it was too similar to Dark Shadows.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Captain Salazar was originally Captain Brand, with Christoph Waltz attached to the part. His ship would have been possibly named Rotterdam before settling down in Silent Mary (which at some point would have been actually La Silenciosa María, a more credible name for a Spanish Royal Navy ship).
    • Originally, Barbossa's daughter, who may or may not have been Carina, would have been closer to Jack's age and been his love interest. Nicole Kidman was allegedly considered for the part.
    • Keith Richards expressed interest in reprising his role as Jack Sparrow's father Captain Teague, but he was unavailable, leading Johnny Depp to invite Paul McCartney into appearing as Jack Sparrow's uncle.
    • Ansel Elgort and Taron Egerton were in the running for the role of Henry.
    • Tim Burton, Alfonso Cuarón, Shawn Levy, Sam Raimi and Chris Weitz were considered to direct.
    • According to Terry Rossio (one of the screenwriters), the original screenplay featured a female villain, and changing this at Depp's insistence apparently altered what had been the intended course of the franchise so thoroughly Rossio claims it "destroy[ed] years of story creation and world-building."


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