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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a little over three weeks away from release, and advertising is in full swing. As the fifth movie of the series, the newest Pirates entry needs to be a little more clever with its marketing to the general public outside of the usual TV spots and merchandising. Well, Disney came up with at least one "outside the box" way of promoting Dead Men Tell No Tales, as last week, Disneyland recruited Johnny Depp to play Captain Jack Sparrow for the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Now you can see footage of this unusual performance and the reactions from the unsuspecting attendees, which is arguably more entertaining than Depp himself.
On an average day at Disneyland, you'll notice plenty of animatronics while venturing through the Pirates of the Caribbean ride's waters, but last Thursday wasn't an average day. Donning his Jack Sparrow outfit, Johnny Depp posed as if he was one of the attraction's inanimate denizens. At first, no one thought much of Captain Jack's inclusion, with one guy assuming he was another "robot" on display. It's only when Depp suddenly sprung to life and channeled the eccentric pirate that everyone realized they were in for a treat.
While Disneyland certainly could have tasked one of their performers to play Jack Sparrow for the benefit of these people, only Depp can 100% bring the proper charm to the character. Judging by all the phones pulled out and the screams of excitement, most of these folks knew it was the actor himself in costume. The few who didn't catch on certainly realized it afterwards, because after spending some time in the ride, Depp as Sparrow greeted a crowd of onlookers at a balcony outside. If that didn't get them jazzed for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, I don't know what will.
For his fifth big screen outing, the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie will see Jack Sparrow facing off against Javier Bardem's Captain Armando Salazar, an undead pirate hunter who wants to exact revenge on Jack Sparrow and eliminate all piracy using the Trident of Poseidon, an ancient weapon that Jack is seeking, too. Along with Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' main cast includes Geoffrey Rush as Hector Barbossa, Brenton Thwaites as Henry Turner, Kaya Scodelario as Carina Smyth and Kevin McNally as Joshamee Gibbs, as well as special appearances from Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley as Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann, respectively.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales hits theaters on May 26. Don't forget to check out when this year's other highly-anticipated blockbusters are coming out.