Flirtatious skunk 'inspired Depp'
Published 14/05/2011 | 15:58
Johnny Depp has revealed an unlikely influence on his performance as pirate Captain Jack Sparrow - an amorous cartoon skunk.
The star, who is in Cannes to publicise the fourth instalment in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series, said he based some of the character on the famously flirtatious Pepe Le Pew from the Warner Brothers cartoons.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides sees Johnny back as Captain Jack, while Penelope Cruz makes her first appearance in the films.
He said: "How I saw the character was a weird combination between an 18th-century rock and roll star, ie Keith Richards, and then Pepe Le Pew who is a skunk. A kind of skunk, a very romantic skunk."
Johnny, who has two children with partner Vanessa Paradis, said he did not watch his films so depended on the reaction of his family to judge his performance.
He said: "My family have seen more of my movies than I have, in fact a lot more including this one. They've been angels through the process because I've been secretly testing characters on them to see what reactions would be.
"When my daughter was little we'd be playing Barbies and I'd start trying voices and finally she just said 'stop'. They go and see the movies and I can tell by their reaction if I did all right or not, so I'm very lucky in that way. They seem to have enjoyed them so far. I haven't been fired."
Johnny, who was joined by co-stars including Penelope, Geoffrey Rush and Ian McShane, admitted the film was not "your normal Cannes fare".