42 Facts About Jack Sparrow


Captain Jack Sparrow is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series.

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Characterization of Jack Sparrow is based on a combination of The Rolling Stones' guitarist Keith Richards and Looney Tunes cartoon character Pepe Le Pew.

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Jack Sparrow first appears in the 2003 film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

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Jack Sparrow later appears in the sequels Dead Man's Chest, At World's End, On Stranger Tides, and Dead Men Tell No Tales .

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Jack Sparrow can be treacherous and survives mostly by using wit and negotiation rather than by force, opting to flee most dangerous situations and to fight only when necessary.

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Jack Sparrow is introduced seeking to regain his ship, the Black Pearl, from his mutinous first mate, Hector Barbossa.

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Jack Sparrow doesn't have the obligations of the plot in the same ways that the other characters have.

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Jack Sparrow is perplexed over his attraction to Elizabeth Swann, and attempts to justify it throughout the film.

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The last hallucination took place while Jack Sparrow was imprisoned on the Dutchman, where his honest streak won.

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Jack Sparrow researched 18th-century pirates and, seeing parallels with modern rock stars, modeled his performance on Keith Richards.

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Jack Sparrow has signed on to reprise the role for future sequels.

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Jack Sparrow wears a red bandanna and numerous objects in his hair, influenced by Keith Richards' habit of collecting souvenirs from his travels; Sparrow's decorations include his "piece of eight".

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Jack Sparrow wears kohl around his eyes, which was inspired by Depp's study of nomads, whom he compared to pirates, and he wore contacts that acted as sunglasses.

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Jack Sparrow has several gold teeth, two of which belong to Depp, although they were applied during filming.

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Jack Sparrow has numerous tattoos, and has been branded a pirate on his right arm by Cutler Beckett, underneath a tattoo of a sparrow.

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Jack Sparrow wears an additional belt in the sequels, because Depp liked a new buckle which did not fit with the original piece.

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Jack Sparrow's weapons are genuine 18th-century pieces: his sword dates to the 1740s and his pistol is from the 1760s.

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The other two are props to which Depp gave backstories: the gold-and-black ring is stolen from a Spanish widow Jack Sparrow seduced and the green dragon ring recalls his adventures in the Far East.

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Verbinski oversaw that the design retained Jack Sparrow's distinctive look, and rejected initial designs which portrayed him as over 100 years old.

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Along the way, Will learns that Jack Sparrow was the Black Pearls original captain until Barbossa led a mutiny ten years earlier and took over the ship, marooning Jack Sparrow on an island to die.

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Jack Sparrow tells Turner that his father was a pirate known as "Bootstrap" Bill Turner.

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Jack Sparrow made a bargain with Jones to raise the sunken Black Pearl and make Jack Sparrow captain for thirteen years.

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Jack Sparrow is recruiting sailors in Tortuga when he encounters Elizabeth Swann and James Norrington, the latter having succumbed to alcohol.

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Jack Sparrow convinces Elizabeth that Turner can be freed by using the magic compass to find the chest.

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Only Jack Sparrow is missing, killed and sent to Davy Jones's Locker at the end of the previous film.

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When Jones mortally wounds Turner, Jack Sparrow instead chooses to save Turner by helping him stab the heart, which kills Jones and makes Turner the Dutchmans captain.

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However, Jack Sparrow had managed to cut out the navigational section of the charts and with them begins to search for the legendary Fountain of Youth.

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Jack Sparrow is surprised to learn Captain Barbossa is a privateer in the Royal Navy.

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Jack Sparrow refuses to negotiate with them to locate the Fountain of Youth and escapes.

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Jack Sparrow fails in his attempt to take over the ship in a mutiny against Blackbeard and save the naive Angelica from her evil father.

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Some time after the quest for the Fountain of Youth, Jack Sparrow has reassembled a small crew, but the Black Pearl is still trapped in a bottle, his new ship the Dying Gull has never left berth, and his latest plans have met with failure.

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Years previously, Jack Sparrow had defeated Salazar by tricking him into sailing his ship into the Devil's Triangle, where Salazar and his crew were cursed to live as the undead.

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Salazar states that Jack perched in the ship's rigging like a "little bird", earning him the name "Jack the Sparrow".

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The next day, Sparrow is sentenced to be executed by guillotine, but is rescued by Henry and his crew.

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Jack Sparrow invokes parleys and tempts his enemies away from their murderous intentions, encouraging them to see the bigger picture, as he does when he persuades Barbossa to delay returning to mortal form so he can battle the Royal Navy.

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Todd Gilchrist feels Jack Sparrow is the only element of the films that will remain timeless.

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Leonard Maltin concurs that Jack Sparrow has a carefree attitude and does not take himself seriously.

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Mark Fox noted Jack Sparrow is an escapist fantasy figure for women, free from much of the responsibility of most heroes.

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The program supposedly featured fourteen Jack Sparrow impersonators living in a house together, with them being eliminated if they broke character.

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Jack Sparrow appears in video games and books spun off the Pirates of the Caribbean media franchise.

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Jack Sparrow appears in the Disney Infinity series, where he is voiced by Jared Butler, and in the Kingdom Hearts series, first in 2005's Kingdom Hearts II, where he is voiced by James Arnold Taylor, and again in 2019's Kingdom Hearts III, reprised by Butler.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Complete Visual Guide gives a backstory to Jack Sparrow in which he was born on a pirate ship during a typhoon in the Indian Ocean and was trained to fence by an Italian.

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