You’ll Never Believe Who Almost Played Jack Sparrow in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’

Celebrities throughout the years have had ties to Disney is surprising ways, whether they worked as face characters or Jungle Cruise Skippers.

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But, there is one big name celebrity whose possible casting would have changed a beloved Disney franchise as we know it!

Screen Rant has shared that Roberto De Niro ALMOST played the famous Captain Jack Sparrow role helmed by Johnny Depp. Although De Niro has originated some iconic roles, he turned down the offer to play Jack Sparrow since he thought that The Curse of the Black Pearl would flop in box offices.


Arguably, Johnny Depp’s portrayal of the wildly hilarious pirate catapulted the franchise to success. So, we can’t even IMAGINE how different the series would have been (or if it would have done as well) if Robert De Niro had taken over the role of Captain Jack! Along with De Niro, though, Christopher Walken and Jim Carrey were both even considered to play Jack Sparrow as well!

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Rachel Franko has been going to Disney Parks since she was a baby, and her love of Disney has only grown into a SLIGHT obsession since! She's been writing for AllEars since 2019 and loves sharing the magic with all the readers. When she's not writing, you can catch her heading to Disney and Universal Studios with a heart full of dreams and a backpack full of themed ears!

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2 Replies to “You’ll Never Believe Who Almost Played Jack Sparrow in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’”

  1. thank GOD for johnny depp!!!! love the pirates of the caribbean movies!!! there is only one captain jack sparrow!!