“I showed off my knickers”: The Pirates of the Caribbean Movie Keira Knightley is Proud of

Keira Knightley had a great time filming the iconic scene where she jumped of the plank in her dress

the pirates of the caribbean movie keira knightley is proud of


  • Keira Knightley gained global recognition for her role of Elizabeth Swann in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise
  • The actress shared the first film was a thrilling experience as she felt proud after jumping of a plank and showing her knickers
  • Knightley had first thought that joining the POTC franchise could be a mistake
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Keira Knightley has portrayed many iconic roles over the years. Known for playing Miss Elizabeth Swann in the iconic Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, she and Johnny Depp had quite some fun moments while working on the sets.


Talking about one of her favorite movies, Keira Knightley revealed how she had to stand on a plank for two days in the cold weather! The actress further continued that while jumping off from the plank, the long dress went over her head and she showed off her knickers!

Keira Knightley and Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean
Keira Knightley and Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean

When Keira Knightley Jumped off From A Plank

Starring in the 2003 film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Keira Knightley was over the moon when she was cast in the role. Talking about how the film was physically exhausting, Keira Knightley revealed some interesting details about the shoots.

Keira Knightley walking the plank
Keira Knightley walking the plank

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In an iconic scene in The Curse of the Black Pearl, Knightley revealed that she had to stand on a wooden plank off the Black Pearl for two whole days. In the book, The Secret World of Johnny Depp, it was revealed that the actress shared that when she hit the water, the dress she was wearing went over her head and she showed her knickers!

“I’ve been standing up here for two days! Do you really think I’m not going to jump off this thing? So I jumped in that long dress. I was terrified. I screamed my head off. The only interesting bit was when I hit the water and the dress went over my head, so I showed off my knickers”.

She further continued,


“I was so girly but I was proud of myself. I don’t know what I must have looked like.”

Although she had the time of her life shooting the Pirates movie, Keira Knightley had once stated that before joining the iconic franchise, she thought that it was probably going to be a terrible mistake.

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Keira Knightley Thought Pirates of the Caribbean Was A Mistake

Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley in The Imitation Game (2014).
Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley in The Imitation Game (2014).

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Before starring in the role of Miss Elizabeth Swann, Knightley was working on her 2003 film, Love, Actually. During the filming, the actress was presented with the opportunity with the Pirates movie, and director Richard Curtis revealed to The Daily Beast that Knightley thought that she made a terrible mistake!

“With Keira, it was only her second film and I remember talking to her while we were shooting and asking her what she was doing next and she said, ‘Oh it’s going to be terrible and I’ve probably made a terrible mistake but I’m doing this pirates movie.’”

Starring in The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise only helped Knightley solidify her career in Hollywood as the actress went on to star in many movies like Pride and Prejudice and The Imitation Game. The Keira Knightley starrer franchise is currently available to stream on Disney+ in the U.S.

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Written by Visarg Acharya

Articles Published: 2013

Visarg Acharya, Associate Content Writer, has been heavily involved in movies, series, and history. Having an experience of 2 years in the field of content writing, Visarg is a seasoned writer. Having a degree in Physics, Visarg Acharya has published a dissertation alongside a plethora of poems and short stories along the way.