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Depp 'intimidated' by Richards

Published 19/05/2011 | 11:33

Johnny Depp couldn't pick up a guitar when Keith Richards was around
Johnny Depp couldn't pick up a guitar when Keith Richards was around

Johnny Depp has revealed how being around Keith Richards was so intimidating that he couldn't even play the guitar.

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The Hollywood star couldn't strum his guitar on the set of Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, because the Rolling Stones guitarist appeared as his on-screen dad.

"It took me about 11 years before I could actually touch a guitar in Keith's presence, and that's just to pick it up and move it. There are just some things you don't do," Johnny said.

The Oscar-nominated actor admitted it was "strange" to see Keith, who inspired his Pirates alter-ego Captain Jack Sparrow.

"The character's main ingredients came up from mixing Keith Richards and Pepe Le Pew. I was a little worried about what Keith was going to think," he continued.

"I didn't fear Pepe Le Pew but I did get worried about Keith, because for a good portion of the time I was spending with him, I was sponging as much as I possibly could to use for the character."

Johnny had little reason to worry: "When he found out what I had been doing, he was very nice about it. He was very sweet about it.

He added: "To bring him into the fold of the film and have a scene with him, it's just the most amazing thing. It's one of those things you know that has been seared onto your brain and will never leave."

:: Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is in cinemas now.

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