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Johnny Depp feared Pirates of the Caribbean sacking

Johnny Depp jokingly told a movie executive that all his characters were gay.

Johnny Depp "fully expected" to be sacked from Pirates of the Caribbean because of the way he was playing Jack Sparrow.

The actor first took on the role in 2003 movie Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, but despite playing Jack in a further three movies with another scheduled for 2017, the star admits he was almost dropped from the project before it had even started.

"They wanted to fire me," he recalled to People magazine while speaking at AFI Fest 2015. "I remember it trickled back to me that (former Disney CEO) Michael Eisner went on some sort of vent about how, 'Goddammit, Johnny Depp's ruining the film. What is it? What is that thing? Is it drunk? Is it gay?' So I fully expected to be fired."

Johnny was surprised the executives didn't understand the version of the character that he had created and has since revealed Jack is based in part on Rolling Stones musician Keith Richards. When questioned by another movie big wig, Johnny had the perfect response.

"I said, well, didn't you know that all my characters are gay?" he laughed. "I was really expecting to be fired. But they wouldn't for some reason. They were actually going to subtitle my character – they couldn't understand Captain Jack."

The studio's gamble paid off and the franchise has become one of the most lucrative in recent years. His portrayal of Jack also landed Johnny with his first best actor nomination at the Academy Awards, although he missed out on the accolade.

The actor wasn't bothered by the outcome though, recently admitting he has no interest in winning an Oscar as a nomination is enough for him.

"I don't want to win one of those things ever, you know," he told Newsbeat at the premier of latest movie Black Mass last month (Oct15). "I don't want to have to talk... They gave me one of those things, like a nomination, two or three times. A nomination is plenty. The idea of winning means that you're in competition with someone and I'm not in competition with anybody. I just stick to my guns and do what I want to do. Sometimes people don't like it but that's alright."

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