Johnny Depp - Depp's Pirates Character Written For Jackman
JOHNNY DEPP almost missed out on playing his famous PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN character CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW - the part was intended for HUGH JACKMAN.
Depp has thrilled moviegoers with his portrayal of the flamboyant pirate, who the actor has admitted was inspired by Rolling Stones rocker Keith Richards, in all three films of the franchise.
He's currently shooting the next instalment, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, set for release in 2011 - but the screenwriter of the original film, Stuart Beattie, has stunned fans by revealing Depp was not his first choice for the role.
Beattie wanted Jackman for the part - but the Australian X-Men star was a relatively unknown actor at the time, and Disney bosses opted to hire Depp.
He tells Fox News, "I initially wrote that character with Hugh Jackman in mind. Hence the name Captain JACK Sparrow."
And Beattie also admits his pirate project took a decade to come to fruition: "I spent ten years pitching it (to) Disney and they weren't interested. Then finally, I got a call to come back in."