Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and co-writer Alexander Dinelaris had planned for the movie to end where it began, only with Johnny Depp sitting in his dressing room as himself, trying desperately to break free from the shackles of Pirates of the Caribbean.
Inarritu admitted last month that he had changed the film’s conclusion halfway through shooting because he decided it was an “embarrassing piece of s**t” but now, further details of his initial vision have emerged.
“The camera prowled like it did the whole film, and went backstage through the halls we’ve seen the whole time, and we’d get to the dressing room where literally Johnny Depp would be sitting looking in the mirror and putting on his Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton’s character) wig, and then the poster of Pirates of the Caribbean 5 would be in the back,” Dinelaris said on The Q&A Podcast.
“In Jack Sparrow’s voice [Depp would say], ‘What the f**k are we doing here, mate?’ It was going to be the satire of the endless loop of that.”
Oscars 2015 nominations
Oscars 2015 nominations
1/28 Birdman - 10 nominations
Academy Award nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone), Best Actor (Michael Keaton), Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Cinematography, Original Screenplay, Best Director (Alejandro González Iñárritu)
2/28 The Grand Budapest Hotel - 10 nominations
Academy Award nominated for Best Director (Wes Anderson), Best Picture, Film Editing, Production Design, for Makeup and Hairstyling, Costume Design, Cinematography, Original Screenplay, Original Score
3/28 The Imitation Game - 8 nominations
Academy Award nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), Best Supporting Actor ( Keira Knightley) Best Director (Morten Tyldum), Film Editing, Production Design, Adapted Screenplay, Original Score
4/28 American Sniper - 6 nominations
Oscar nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Adapted Screenplay
5/28 Boyhood - 6 nominations
Academy Award nominated for Best Picture, Actress in Supporting role (Patricia Arquette) Film Editing, Best Director (Richard Linklater), Original Screenplay
6/28 Whiplash - 5 nominations
Academy Award nominated for Best Picture, Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Adapted Screenplay
7/28 The Theory of Everything - 5 nominations
Oscar nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor (Eddie Redmayne), Best Actress (Felicity Jones), Adapted Screenplay, Original Score
Working Title Films
8/28 Foxcatcher - 5 nominations
Oscar nominated for Best Director (Bennett Miller), Best Actor (Steve Carrell), Original Screenplay, Makeup and Hairstyling
9/28 Selma - 2 nominations
Oscar nominated for Best Picture and Best Original Song
10/28 Mr Turner
Oscar nominated for Production Design, Costume Design, Cinematography, Original Score
Reese Witherspoon is Oscar-nominated for best actress in a leading role and Laura Dern is nominated for best supporting actress
12/28 Two Days, One Night
Marion Cotillard has been nominated in the best actress category
Oscar nominated for Original Screenplay
14/28 Gone Girl
Rosamund Pike is Oscar nominated for best actress in a leading role
Twentieth Century Fox
Nominated for Visual Effects, Sound Editing, Production Design, Sound Mixing, Original Score
16/28 Still Alice
Best actress in a leading role nomination for Julianne Moore
17/28 The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies
Oscar nominated for Sound Editing
18/28 Into The Woods
Oscar nominated for Production Design, Costume Design, Best Supporting Actress (Meryl Streep)
19/28 Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Robert Redford and Chris Evans film is nominated for Special Effects
20/28 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Nominated for an Oscar in the Visual Effects category
20th Century Fox
21/28 The Lego Movie
Oscar nominated for best song 'Everything Is Awesome' but snubbed in best animation category
22/28 X-Men, Days of the Future Past
Oscar nominated in the Visual Effects category
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23/28 Begin Again
Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo in Begin Again which is Oscar nominated for best original song
24/28 Guardians Of The Galaxy
Nominated for Visual Effects, for Makeup and Hairstyling
Oscar nominated for Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Cinematography
26/28 How To Train Your Dragon 2
Oscar nominated for Animated Feature Film
Oscar nominated for Costume Design
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28/28 Inherent Vice
Oscar nominated for Adapted Screenplay
Thomson is a former superhero actor battling to earn a credible reputation in theatre. This ending suggests that Depp is also trying to rid himself of Pirates associations but cannot quite shake off Jack Sparrow’s grip, which probably explains why he was not keen to take part.
The US actor has seen his latest films Mortdecai and Transcendence flop at the box office, sparking talk that he has “lost his mojo” in a similar way to Thomson in Birdman. Upcoming Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass could be Depp’s chance to get his critics back on side.
No need to worry whether Depp minds all this chatter about his waning career though because frankly, he “doesn’t give a f**k”.
“First, I reached a point where I cared so much and was so diligent in terms of approaching the work,” he told Details magazine last November . “Then you get to where you care so f**king much that it gets goddam beleaguering, you know?
“But then a great thing happens. Suddenly you care enough to not give a f**k because not giving a f**k, that’s the total liberation. Being game to try anything.”Reuse content