«I don’t think it will work»: Keira Knightley thought that ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ was going to be an absolute failure

The actress was not sure that the first installment ‘The Curse of the Black Pearl’ would like it. She was wrong.

Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the great movie sagas, but its protagonist had doubts that the Jack Sparrow story would work.

Keira Knightley brought Elizabeth Swann to life in the first three installments of the franchise. She debuted as the character in The Curse of the Black Pearl and later reprized in the sequel Dead Man’s Chest and the third installment At World’s End.

Although he did not return in On Stranger Tides, he did participate in Salazar’s Revenge with a small appearance at the end of the story. And while the saga has had a long run on the big screen, Knightley didn’t have it all with him.

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Richard Curtis, director of Love Actually, has recounted what the actress told him about the project that she was going to release. Knightley gave life to Juliet in the romantic Christmas film and it is 20 years old, so the BBC has made a special entitled The Laughter & Secrets of Love Actually: 20 Years Later – A Diane Sawyer Special in which they have talked about the film .

This is what the director has told:

I remember sitting down with Keira while we were shooting and saying, ‘What are you going to do next?’ And she told me, ‘I don’t think it’s going to work. It’s a pirate movie and they always flop

Knightley was wrong. The Curse of the Black Pearl was a smash hit, grossing more than $654 million worldwide. The sequel grossed over $1 billion and the third installment over $960 million. The fourth installment once again broke the billion dollar barrier and the last one grossed over $794 million.

Although Knightley had been working as an actress since she was a child, Pirates of the Caribbean was the project that catapulted her to fame. Orlando Bloom, for his part, managed to become very popular after giving life to Legolas in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Johnny Depp was the great signing of the franchise.

The end of Salazar’s Revenge left the door open for a new film, but Depp’s legal problems seem to have paralyzed the franchise’s future plans. Margot Robbie confirmed that the film that she was developing within the saga will not finally be made and producer Jerry Bruckheimer stated in the middle of this year that they are working on a new script.

For now, nothing is confirmed and the fate of Pirates of the Caribbean is in limbo.

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