Pirates of the Caribbean 6 without Johnny Depp would be ‘criminal’ says Mr Gibbs co-star

Johnny Depp discusses Pirates of the Caribbean in 2017

Johnny Depp has starred across five Pirates of the Caribbean movies to date, but following recent controversies, his future in Disney’s blockbuster franchise has been uncertain. Most recently the 57-year-old was asked to resign from the Fantastic Beasts movies after losing his libel trial, in which he strongly denies domestic abuse allegations. While even a cameo in the upcoming Margot Robbie-led Pirates spin-off is now looking even less likely.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, producer Jerry Bruckheimer has been one of Depp’s biggest champions and was hoping for Jack Sparrow to appear briefly, but Disney “baulked”.

While sources say that Depp’s relationship with Bruckhiemer has “frayed” in recent months.

Nevertheless, there’s still a separate Pirates of the Caribbean 6 in the works and some of the actor’s co-stars have been backing his return.

Most recently, Mr Gibbs actor Kevin McNally, who played Captain Jack’s sidekick in all five Pirates movies to date, has said a sixth film without Depp would be “criminal”.

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McNally made his comments during an interview with fellow Pirates actor and Depp supporter Greg Ellis, who played Lieutenant Commander Theodore Groves across three Pirates movies.

The Mr Gibbs actor says how he gets asked a lot on social media about if he’s involved in Pirates 6.

He told Ellis on the latter’s video podcast The Respondent: “My dream is that some sort of link will be needed between what has been before and whatever bizarre incarnation of it there is to come.

“But I sincerely think that my fate is so tied in with Johnny’s that I will go with him, if indeed he does go.”

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Asked if Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow should be in Pirates 6, McNally said: “Yes is the simple answer to that.

“My feelings about this are very complex because in a sense there was a slight feeling that the franchise itself had played out a little bit, so a reboot is a reasonable idea.

“I don’t think a reboot, if you concentrate on younger characters, should still exclude Jack Sparrow.

“I came up with an idea that there should be some young person searching for Jack Sparrow with Mr Gibbs helping find him. And then we find Jack Sparrow at the end. It wouldn’t involve too much work from Jack Sparrow.”

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McNally continued: “But who knows. Having some experience now I don’t know why they made the decisions that they make.”

Commenting on seeing Depp become Captain Jack in cast readings and on set, he said: “To be there when somebody creates a modern legend…is absolutely extraordinary.”

And tying that into future plans regarding Pirates 6, the 64-year-old said: “For anyone to want to throw that away seems to me, criminal.”

The Mr Gibbs actor said how he meets fans all the time who can’t get enough of Depp’s Captain Jack.

McNally added: “A lot of people will not go and see a Pirates film that Johnny’s not in.

“I’d have a hard time doing that. It would just seem a bit weird.

“And why do that anyway? Why not just create a new franchise?’”

Pirates of the Caribbean 6’s release date is TBC.

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