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THE large scale sets of Dis­ney’s big-bud­get Pi­rates of the Caribbean films still impress ac­tor Ge­of­frey Rush, even af­ter five of them.

Johnny Depp re­turns to the sil­ver screen as per­pet­u­ally drunk pi­rate Jack Spar­row and Rush as the muti­nous Cap­tain Hec­tor Bar­bossa in the Aus­tralian-filmed Pi­rates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which sees Jack on the run from the ghostly Cap­tain Salazar (Javier Bar­dem), who is in­tent on killing all pi­rates.

Academy Award win­ner Rush said he ex­pe­ri­enced a sense of awe each time he was called back to film an­other en­try in the se­ries.

“I don’t think one ever gets blase about the epic na­ture of it,” he said.

“Ev­ery day when I go on set and I see the scale of the Black Pearl (ship) up on its hy­draulic gim­bal and the cranes that are hold­ing the light­ing grids and stuff and the num­ber of bands and trail­ers and cater­ing and all of that, I go: ‘This is big’.”

Rush said the fam­ily at­mos­phere of the cast and crew and his evolv­ing char­ac­ter kept draw­ing him back to the fran­chise.

“We started film­ing the first film in Septem­ber 2002, so we’re nudg­ing 13 years of be­ing a kind of ex­tended fam­ily,” he said.

“I haven’t tired of it be­cause ev­ery time they send the next script, Bar­bossa seems to morph or trans­form his char­ac­ter. In Dead Men Tell No Tales they’ve given him a new di­men­sion, so it’s al­ways felt very fresh in new ideas for me to take him in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion.”

He said he was keen to re-team with Depp af­ter get­ting along so well in the pre­vi­ous films.

“There’s def­i­nitely a short­hand reteam­ing with Johnny,” he said.

“I’ve done a few stints when I’ve worked on stage over my ca­reer where I’ve been in com­pa­nies on a two or three-year con­tract.

“And when you reg­u­larly work with the same team, you de­velop a com­fort zone and there’s a deeper trust, a deeper sense of dar­ing and the en­sem­ble sense of hu­mour sharp­ens up.”

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