When Johnny Depp started shooting the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie, Disney was a little bit alarmed by his interpretation of Captain Jack Sparrow… because they thought he was making him gay.
In the new issue of “Vanity Fair”, Johnny says that “I think it was Michael Eisner, the head of Disney at the time, who was quoted as saying, ‘He’s ruining the movie.’ It was that extreme . . . memos, and paper trails, and madness, and phone calls, and agents, and lawyers, and people screaming, and me getting phone calls direct from, you know, upper-echelon Disney-ites, going, ‘What’s wrong with him? ‘Is he, you know, like some kind of weird simpleton? Is he drunk? By the way, is he gay?'”
Instead of saying something that would put anyone’s mind at ease, Johnny actually stoked the fire.
He says that “I actually told this woman who was the Disney-ite that called me about all that stuff, and asked me the questions, I said to her, ‘But didn’t you know that all my characters are gay?’ Which really made her nervous.”