Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Central and North Burnett Times - - SCREEN LIFE -

◗ Stars: Johnny Depp, Ge­of­frey Rush, Javier Bar­dem, Kaya Scode­lario, Or­lando Bloom, Bren­ton Th­waites. ◗ Direc­tors: Joachim Ron­ning, Espen Sand­berg ◗ Rating: TBA ◗ Re­viewer’s last word: Javier Bar­dem is an ex­cel­lent vil­lain who, along with a few other new ad­di­tions, breathes new life into this well-worn fran­chise.

Star Pro­file: Bren­ton Th­waites

◗ Quirky fact: Met his part­ner Chloe, with whom he has a daugh­ter, while liv­ing in a share house on the Gold Coast to film Pirates of the Caribbean 5. ◗ Best known for: The Giver, Malef­i­cent, Gods of Egypt. ◗ If you like this movie you’ll like these: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Jun­gle Book, Alice in Won­der­land. ◗ Quote: “There are so many near death ex­pe­ri­ences (in South Africa), that near death just be­comes like get­ting a cof­fee in the morn­ing – it keeps you awake and alive.”

“His trans­for­ma­tion phys­i­cally and the things he was do­ing with his face were phe­nom­e­nal. I was geek­ing out all through my scenes with Javier.”

The film brought Bren­ton back to Queens­land for the first time in six years, when he starred in Fox­tel’s teen drama SLiDE.

He now lives in Los An­ge­les with his part­ner Chloe and their one-year-old daugh­ter Birdie.

Shot on the Gold Coast, north­ern NSW and in the Whit­sun­days, the pro­duc­tion boasted im­pres­sive set pieces in­clud­ing an en­tire town built in the Gold Coast hin­ter­land and a “ship arena’’ with 11 mech­a­nised ships at Movie World.

“The great thing about this movie was the bud­get al­lowed these guys to cre­ate such won­der­ful set pieces and we could jump into the space and play,” Bren­ton says.

“On other films my ex­pe­ri­ence is there have been more bound­aries in terms of the bud­get for CGI is this much; you’ve got to pre­tend this and this. On Pirates it wasn’t like that. For the most part we’re act­ing on real pi­rate ships, with set pieces and real walls. It re­ally gave the film­mak­ers and ac­tors the chance to come up with ideas and be a lit­tle bit ir­rev­er­ent with their way of shoot­ing things.”

And no Pirates char­ac­ter is worth their salt un­less they get to do a bit of swash­buck­ling. “I did a few sword fights in this one,” Bren­ton says. “I have to say I en­joyed it. I think my sword skills are pretty good.” Dead Men Tell No Tales opens on Thurs­day.

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