Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Avast! Pirates Return; Franchise Returns to Its Spirited and Salty Roots

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Avast! Pirates Return; Franchise Returns to Its Spirited and Salty Roots

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Byline: Seanna Cronin

A COMMON enemy unites unlikely allies Jack Sparrow and Barbossa in the fourth instalment of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Both are in a race against the Spanish to get to the fabled Fountain of Youth.

Sparrow has been coerced into helping the most feared pirate on the high seas Co Blackbeard - and Barbossa has the new dubious role of captain for Her Majesty's Royal Navy.

C[pounds sterling]He's such a cunning old survivor,C[yen] said Geoffrey Rush of his beloved villain.

C[pounds sterling]He has betrayed the pirate brethren. He's a snob and I think that position appeals to his gentlemanly aspirations, which were there right from the beginning of the first film.C[yen]

New characters help to breathe new life into the multi-billion dollar Disney franchise.

Depp, Rush and Kevin McNally (Gibbs) are the only three cast members to return from the original three films.

C[pounds sterling]By tying up the storylines at the end of the trilogy, there was a great opportunity for us to go back to the original spark and energy and enthusiasm from when the first franchise was an unknown quantity,C[yen] Rush said.

C[pounds sterling]It has opened the door for amazing people like Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane.C[yen]

Cruz steps effortlessly into the role of the beautiful, feisty woman, occupied in the first three films by Keira Knightley.

She plays Jack Sparrow's former lover Angelica, who is anything but angelic, and the daughter of Blackbeard (McShane).

C[pounds sterling]To put an ex-lover of Jack's in the story is so interesting,C[yen] said Rush.

C[pounds sterling]She really gives him a run for his money. There's nothing more interesting than two very sexy people fighting all the time.C[yen]

Cruz was halfway through a pregnancy during filming, not that you can tell in the movie, in which she shares several swashbuckling scenes with Depp. …

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