Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End receives lavish world premiere
Story by Jack Foley
JOHNNY Depp, Orlando Bloom and Rolling Stones legend Keith Richards attended the world premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End in Los Angeles on Saturday night (May 19, 2007).
The star-studded bash took place at Disneyland in Anaheim and attracted crowds of screaming fans who turned out in their droves in the hope of catching a glimpse of their favourite heroes.
The original inspiration for the film franchise came from a theme park and was considered by many to become a surefire recipe for disaster.
But thanks largely to the brilliance of Johnny Depp’s portrayal of lead character Captain Jack Sparrow the film spawned two sequels and has become one of the most successful film franchises ever.
Last year’s sequel, Dead Man’s Chest, took over $1 billion (£506m) worldwide – being beaten only byTitanic and The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King in reaching the $1bn global box office takings mark.
The third film, At World’s End, has subsequently become one of the most expensive in Hollywood history, costing a reported $300m to complete and beating the previous record set by Spider-Man 3.
It picks up where the last film left off and once again features the exploits of the intrepid Captain Jack Sparrow and the attempts by his former crew-mates to find and rescue him.
It also features a keenly-anticipated cameo from Rolling Stone Keith Richards, upon whom Depp famously based the character on.
The two were united at the premiere, along with co-stars Bloom, Bill Nighy, Naomie Harris, Jack Davenport and newcomer Chow Yun Fat.