Pi­rates gets Gold treat­ment

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - SUZANNE SIMONOT AND LEXIE CARTWRIGHT

IT’S the Gold Coast’s turn to host the world’s most fa­mous pirate.

Johnny Depp, aka Cap­tain Jack Sparrow, has started film­ing at The Spit. Me­dia sur­rounded the Pi­rates of the Caribbean set at Ma­rine Sta­dium early yes­ter­day in boats and he­li­copters ea­ger for the mo­ment Depp was to ar­rive.

At 10am, Depp emerged from the man­u­fac­tured palm trees be­tween two body­guards and boarded The Dy­ing Gull in full cos­tume.

Depp, who was read­ing a script, was grabbed by se­cu­rity and ush­ered be­hind tents.

A heavy se­cu­rity pres­ence sur­rounded Doug Jen­nings Park through the night and into the morn­ing, while two wa­ter po­lice cir­cled the set on jet skis, mak­ing sure pry­ing eyes didn’t wan­der too close to the mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar pro­duc­tion.

Fish­er­men kicked their feet up in their kayaks, ad­mir­ing the ex­trav­a­gant Pi­rates set and a me­dia cir­cus try­ing to get an up- close money shot of the star.

Pas­sen­gers in pass­ing boats waved and watched as cast, crew and an ex­tras team of more than 100 made movie magic.

A set worker, who had spo­ken with Depp a num­ber of times, said Depp was one of the most hum­ble blokes he’d met.

“You’d never guess he is who he is, re­ally,” the worker said. “He is the nicest guy. Very down to earth and hum­ble. He speaks to you like a friend.”

Most of the high- pro­file cast were aboard The Dy­ing Gull yes­ter­day, in­clud­ing Kaya Scode­lario, Bren­ton Th­waites and Kevin McNally.

The star is ex­pected to do a meet and greet to­mor­row.

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