Pirates of the Caribbean – The Curse of the Black Pearl is the film produced by Disney and directed by Gore Verbinsky which, in 2003, brought to the big screen the first installment of a franchise based on the popular Disney park attraction.
With a gross of 650 million dollars – against a budget of about 140 – the film was a real success that started a very popular and beloved epic that generated a turnover of 4 and a half billion dollars also thanks to the presence of Johnny Depp in the role of Jack Sparrow. Cumulatively, the five chapters cost $1.274 billion (Source: The Numbers).
At the time of his signing, however, the then almost rookie Keira Knightley she was convinced that, given the pirate theme, the film was doomed to flopping heavily. To tell the anecdote is Richard Curtis, director and screenwriter of Love Actually, who with Keira Knightley worked on the popular comedy that, for twenty years now, has become a holiday classic.
During the The Laughter & Secrets of Love Actually: 20 Years Later – A Diane Sawyer Specialthe special that ABC has dedicated to Love Actually, Curtis says:
I remember one day during filming I sat talking with Keira and asked her “What will you do next?”. She answered me “Something I don’t think will work. It’s a pirate movie and this genre always goes wrong.”.
Luckily for him – and for Disney – everything went decidedly differently.
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SOURCE: via ET Online