There’s a new buccaneer on board the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, On Stranger Tides. And he’s the baddest of them all: Blackbeard.
To play the infamous scourge of the 1710s, director Rob Marshall (Chicago) turned to a true master of menace: British actor Ian McShane, a versatile, stage-trained veteran who is nonetheless best known for playing Al Swearengen, the ruthless frontier kingpin from the acclaimed HBO series Deadwood.
The main question is, what took them so long? With his dark features and gift for projecting malevolence, McShane, 68, was born, it seems, to play a pirate. Not that the cordial, quick-to-laugh actor has thought of himself in that way for many, many years.
“I think when I was about seven years old, maybe, there were swords clacking around and I was wearing a bandana and a clip-on earring,” McShane recalls.
“When you’re a kid, you’d love to be a pirate. Or a cowboy, for me; it was before the space age.”
Of course, today’s generation of children are just as likely to be inspired at playtime by Johnny Depp’s Capt. Jack Sparrow as their fathers were by Luke Skywalker.
Consequently, it was imperative for producer Jerry Bruckheimer and studio bosses to continue the multibillion-dollar film franchise based on the old Disneyland attraction. But where to go with it after completion of the original movie trilogy?…read more
Having just watched the movie, all those pirates need some major cosmetic dental smile makeover work… Captain Jack Sparrow golden teeth look awful. He is in serious need to replace those teeth with cosmetic veneers so he can fit with the rest of A-list Hollywood stars.
Maybe dental implants are needed as well for the rest of the pirates just so they can blend on 21st century red carpet.