In this film we have three actors in playing three types of roles. First you have Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. He is the Obvious Star as he brings to life that character so much no one else can possibly top the absurdly entertaining manner of Captain Jack. Before this movie in 2003, he has many acting credits to his name with quite few as the Star going all the way back to the 1990’s with movies such as CRY-BABY and Edward Scissorshands
Next up is Geoffrey Rush as the antagonistic Captian Barbossa. In this role Mr. Rush is simply a great interpreter. He doesn’t just play the villainous pirate, he plays as the villain in sadistically humorous ways which serves to keep the film’s mood light hearted. In one scene he is Negotiating with Elizabeth Swann (played by Keira Knightley) about the pirates stopping the attack on Port Royale. His mannerisms throughout this scene is one that is almost jovial and manipulative as he leads her on before he get what he wants including her as a captive. This style is pretty unique as pirates go, because this lawless man could just have easily killed her and taken what he wanted. Instead he is more devious and interesting when portrayed in Mr. Rush’s style.
Last we have our impersonator, Orlando Bloom, who portrays the typical goodie two shoes, save the damsel because he just has to be a hero character. His performance is pretty standard and they really could have gotten any number of young actors to play this role. He isn’t impersonating a specific person in this film but a specific role that needs to be filled. Without there would be some missing plot and entertaining scenes such as the duel when he first meets Jack Sparrow. This is not to say he couldn’t play other roles in other categories. For example, some could say he is a star of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies for his role as Legolas. I’m sure that is why we see him in the hobbit movies, because he was such a popular characters from the Lord of the rings trilogy, which Peter Jackson or whoever makes these decisions thought it would help generate interest for those hobbit movies to have him in there to do Legolas things.
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