Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow Look Was Devised Purely By Accident While Filming the First ‘Pirates’ Movie Inside a Cave

Johnny Depp's iconic look as Jack Sparrow was a complete accident, after the

Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow Look Was Devised Purely By Accident While Filming the First ‘Pirates’ Movie Inside a Cave

SUMMARY

  • Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow has a very iconic look through the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, having distinct hair and very unique make-up.
  • The latter was an initially an experiment by the make-up crew, who simply wanted the actor to look less ashen-faced.
  • Soon, they realized that it adds something unique to his character and decided to stick with it for the rest of the franchise.
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Johnny Depp has worn many memorable faces throughout his career. He has been the owner of a chocolate factory, a man with scissors for hands, an evil wizard, and the Mad Hatter. It is, therefore, safe to say that Depp is one very versatile actor.

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The one undeniable fact, however, is that despite all of these highly influential characters, there is one that stands out in the most perfect way possible. The one that the actor embodied and made into a part of his very essence. That of Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Using any words other than iconic would be insulting to his character.

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Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of The Caribbean series
Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of The Caribbean series

Not only does he have a unique and distinctive personality, he follows a similar pattern when it comes to his look. Having beads in his hair and a braided mustache has become his trademark. The look, however, is not complete without the ample amount of makeup he uses, which fits perfectly well with his larger-than-life personality. What many might not know, however, is that the eyeliner that is his signature became a part of his look by accident, thanks to certain members of the make-up department on the first film.

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Johnny Depp’s Eyeliner Was An Accident

Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has a very iconic look when it comes to his makeup. So much so, that it has become a trend online for many to imitate and recreate it. It is interesting to find out, that the distinctive smudged eyeliner, wasn’t initially part of the script.

Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow
Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow

While filming in a cave, the make-up artists on set decided to add a lot of product to the actor’s face, in order to make sure that he did not look ashen. The eyeliner was a part of it. Very soon, everyone realized how amazing it looked, and decided to go with it, continuing to use it for the rest of the franchise.

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Johnny Depp Began To Fall In Love With The Eyeliner

Quickly, Johnny Depp got very intrigued by the make-up aspect of the character and loved how the eyeliner looked on him. According to the Inquirer, it was revealed by the lead make-up artist, Ve Neill that Depp would often keep asking the makeup artist to add more and more eyeliner.

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Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow
Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow

“We put eyeliner on Johnny, and he said, ‘That looks great. Let’s put more on,’ “ he went on, “It became a joke. We’d say, ‘More black! More black!’ “

He went on to reveal that the actor would go so far as to ask the crew to reapply it every two to three hours. It became such a frequently occurring thing, that it became a matter of amusement among the makeup artists, who would joke about Depp continuously asking for ‘more black under his eyes.’

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Written by Ananya Godboley

A poet and art enthusiast, Ananya Godboley is a striving academic who is pursuing a career in Criminal Psychology, currently doing an undergrad degree in Psychology. Passionate about History, Philosophy and Literature, she loves to learn about new and interesting subjects. A writer for Fandomwire with over 700 published articles, she adores all things superhero and Taylor Swift.