Pi­rates give Ge­of­frey a rush

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

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 whole 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 reteam 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.

“In the na­ture of this story, with­out giv­ing away too many spoil­ers, for­tunes have changed for both these char­ac­ters. Jack’s pretty much gone down the toi­let; he’s hit mis­for­tune, whereas Bar­bossa has risen very much to the top of the tree so there’s an in­ter­est­ing new dy­namic.”

Pi­rates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is in cine­mas now.

Ge­of­frey Rush as Cap­tain Bar­bossa in Pi­rates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

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