Johnny Depp leaped at the chance to reprise his role as CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW in a PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN sequel - just so he could spend time with his character again.

Depp fell in love with the eccentric pirate he based on rock idol Keith Richards, and insists his decision to commit to two more Pirates Of The Caribbean follow-ups, currently being shot back-to-back, has nothing to do with money.

He says, "More than it having anything to do with money, or franchise, or hopefully continued success, it actually had ... more to do with selfishly being able to meet up with that character again."