Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
◗ 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.