A fan comes on board
Aussie actor says he’s watched all the Pirates movies
IN JUST a few short years Brenton Thwaites has gone from a Pirates of the Caribbean fan to a star of the hit Disney franchise.
The Cairns-born actor was just 14 when the first Pirates film, based on Walt Disney’s theme park ride of the same name, was released and Johnny Depp’s eccentric trickster Jack Sparrow took the world by storm.
“I haven’t been on a movie like this with an already established fan base like this one; I’m one of them, to be honest,” Brenton tells Weekend.
“I’ve watched these movies since I was a kid and I know how it feels when a new Pirates movie comes out; the excitement and buzz that comes with that.”
Now 27, and a new father, Brenton joins the cast for the fifth instalment, Dead Men Tell No Tales.
The film follows Sparrow as he searches for the trident of Poseidon, a powerful artefact that will allow him to battle his old nemesis Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), who has escaped from the Devil’s Triangle and is determined to kill every pirate at sea.
Brenton plays Henry, a soldier in the Royal Navy. “When we first find him in the movie, he is a greenhorn on board a ship,” he says.
“He’s basically warning his captain of an oncoming danger, a supernatural threat, and they don’t believe him and throw him in jail.
“He’s busted out of jail by Carina, who catches wind of what he’s saying and believes him. She is after the same thing, so together they form an alliance and try to find Jack Sparrow, who’s the only one who can help them.”
While Brenton says he was mesmerised by Johnny Depp in their scenes together, he was most excited to work with Javier Bardem.
“He was one of the highlights of the movie for me. For one, he’s a really nice guy and was super excited to be part of the movie,” he says.
“Then as soon as action is called he turns into this monster; it’s quite intimidating. You know the guy is the same guy from No Country For Old Men and he will kill you (laughs).
◗ Brenton Thwaites and Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.