I see that the Disney Corporation has decided, in its infinite wisdom, to drop Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow character from future releases of the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise.

This would be akin to Paramount deciding to drop Clint Eastwood’s Harry Callahan from the Dirty Harry  series.


Considering that Depp’s performance was the only thing that made the whole thing at all watchable, this should be its death knell, and not a moment too soon.  I watched the first two Pirates movies with huge enjoyment, lost interest after that.  I doubt that anything Disney does would make me watch another one, unless the new lead character was portrayed by Carol Vorderman, in the nude.



  1. I’m not surprised. They paid George Lukas $4 Billion for the Star Wars franchise – then handed it over the a hardcore feminist social justice warrior who ruined it.

    Destroying franchises is what they do now.

  2. R.S. McCain had a pretty good writeup of Depp’s woes, here:

    While Depp has done a lot of the damage to himself, I can’t help but wonder if Amber Heard deliberately set her cap for him on the set of The Rum Diary just to ruin him. Heard was a brazen lesbian who’d taken up with a woman in 2008; there is no way in hell he could’ve missed it.

    The dumb son of a bitch didn’t even set up a prenuptial agreement. He sure as hell wasn’t thinking with the big head, that’s for sure.

  3. > unless the new lead character was portrayed by Carol Vorderman, in the nude.

    Oh yes!

    As for Depp, others have come back from the brink – Downey is the obvious one.

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