Keith's pirate role 'so much fun'
Published 13/05/2011 | 10:43
Rolling Stone Keith Richards has credited Johnny Depp as "the engineer" behind his appearance in the new Pirates Of The Caribbean film.
The rocker reprises his role as Captain Teague in the fourth part of the hugely successful series, called Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
He said: "Johnny was the engineer. He said to me 'Are you in?' and I said 'Just give me the rig, baby'."
"It's so much fun," he added.
Depp, who described the guitarist as "a fascinating man", famously based his portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow on the hard-living star.
Richards also impressed the film's director Rob Marshall, who said: "After we shot his scene, I said 'Keith, that was fantastic. I'm so impressed' and he said slyly 'You should see my Hamlet'."
The film also stars Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane as the fearsome pirate Blackbeard, Sam Claflin, Richard Griffiths and Stephen Graham.
Stephen, who recently appeared as mobster Al Capone in HBO's Boardwalk Empire, relished his role as the sailor Scrum.
He said: "I kind of think of Scrum as being like the Artful Dodger of the pirate world, always looking for something to do, always with his hand in something.
"He's always looking for another way to make more money, or go on another adventure. Scrum is a great, fun character to play, and after playing a few psychos lately, it's great to be able to let all that go and really enjoy myself."