I attended the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES Premiere courtesy of Walt Disney Studios. All thoughts/experiences/opinions are my own!
Joachim Ronning & Espen Sandberg, Directors of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, sat down for a round table Q&A with me and 24 other bloggers a couple of weeks ago at the #PiratesLifeEvent press junket. We are usually introduced to the talent of the films as they walk into the interview area, greeted with a room full of applause. In this case, Joachim and Espen happened to arrive a little early as we were taking a picture with Javier Bardem. I am sure they noticed his arm around me and my dreamy eyes for him! Ha! They had huge smiles on their faces as they watched Javier interact with us. These smiles were consistent throughout the Q&A as they spoke of their passion for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and even their break dancing days.
On Becoming The Directors Of Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Espen Sandberg: It didn’t fall into our laps. We chased it. We really wanted to make this movie. I think the basic reason as you know Joachim and I started making movies together when we were 10. Movies that inspired us back then was you know the Spielberg and Lucas and Zemeckis films. This franchise just reminds us of that. It has that unique blend of spectacle and humor and scary parts and also a lot of heart. That meant a lot to us.
Joachim Ronning: We wanted to do the movie. When we grew up we were very influenced by Hollywood adventure family movies, movies that inspired us to become filmmakers in the first place. And Pirates reminds us of that. It’s very much that fun movie that gives you energy and we both have kids. To be able to do, that was also a big part of why we wanted to do this. It’s something they can relate to and you know be a part of.
On Working With Johnny Depp
Espen Sandberg: Oh, it’s amazing. He’s so funny. When you see with Jack Sparrow it’s all Johnny. He’s a genius. For us he’s up there with Chaplin and the other ones because his timing is just perfect and he has such a weird imagination. He comes up with the craziest ideas. And for us, the highlight was always going into his trailer in the morning and going through the scenes and the lines and trying to come up with even more cool stuff to do to make it even more funny. And of course when we started shooting he would do something completely different. And everyone was sort of thrown off but that also makes it come alive.
On Being A Part Of The Pirates Franchise
Joachim Ronning: It’s a dream come true.
Espen Sandberg: It’s so much bigger than us. It’s amazing to go to China and there are thousands of screaming fans. It’s such a global phenomenon and it’s because they love the universe. They love the characters. For us to be a part of that and keep that story going is really cool.
It was a pleasure speaking with both Joachim and Espen, as the interview began to wind down they spoke of when they first met at the age of 10 (they were break dancers!!) and how they started making movies together. Luckily they pursued the directors path because this newest installment of Pirates is AMAZING!! You should totally go see it!
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