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Depp: Movie execs wanted to fire me

Johnny Depp has said he is used to confusing movie executives when he approaches a role.

The Hollywood star's depiction of Captain Jack Sparrow - based on the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards - was a huge success in Pirates Of The Caribbean.

But The Lone Ranger actor said: "When we did the first Pirates Of The Caribbean film, they wanted to fire me so badly they could taste it.

"When I spoke to one of the executives at the time, I said, 'You're right, you should fire me, but you'll have to pay me for my time!'

"It was something that the studio couldn't quite figure out. They didn't know how to market Jack Sparrow, they wanted to put subtitles in.

"It was nothing particularly new for me, I've always approached characters in the same way.

"Captain Jack Sparrow just happened to get more attention. You get away with it or you don't."

:: The Lone Ranger is in cinemas now.

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