Johnny Depp Thought Captain Jack Sparrow Should Have No Nose
At this point, we're pretty sure Captain Jack Sparrow is both more famous and more financially successful than Johnny Depp. (That's the guy who plays him.) Just recently, the world was subjected to a fifth goddamn movie starring Sparrow, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Don't Seem To Care About Some Deeply Disturbing Allegations.
You might think that the entire creative process for this wildly successful character was just "let's let Johnny do a Keith Richards impression," but it wasn't that simple. It's not easy basing a movie off of an animatronic-filled Disney attraction -- just ask The Country Bears the next time they carjack you (and siphon your gas so they can huff it).
At first, the filmmakers didn't know anything about Sparrow other than the fact that he'd be played by Depp. The actor, however, typically didn't make Disney movies and wanted to rebel against his own decision to sell out. So, he met with director Gore Verbinski to discuss the character and asked him, "What can we do that will really freak the studio out?" After Verbinski assertively pointed out that pirates are "gross" and "disgusting," Depp had his floating light-bulb moment: Jack Sparrow should have no nose. Like Voldemort, but ... Depp-ier.
He wouldn't lose his nose in the movie, mind you. He would have lost it sometime in the past and now just have a "bloody wound" in its place. Perhaps anticipating that Disney weren't huge fans of gaping facial wounds in its films, the director simply replied: "Uh-huh." Eventually they settled on the whole Keith Richards thing -- which, as we've covered, was more controversial than you might think. Verbinski even told Depp that "This could be the end of our careers, but let's have fun." So, you know, at least they had fun.