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Classic Movie Characters: Captain Jack Sparrow played by Johnny Depp

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Only an actor as eccentrically inventive as Johnny Depp could morph Errol Flynn circa Captain Blood with Keith Richards circa Exile on Main St., and add a soupçon of swishbuckling ambiguity to his elegantly wasted mannerisms. While it’s never clear whether Jack is hero or villain, what’s certain is that despite his failings as a pirate, he thinks he’s one pretty hip buccaneer.

Defining Moment: His arrival in Port Royal in Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) is marked by triumphant music and a dramatic tracking shot of Captain Jack set against an exquisite sky. As the scene continues, it’s revealed that his vessel is a decrepit dinghy, barely able to make it to the dock before sinking.

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