Johnny Depp Always Travels with a Jack Sparrow Costume so He Can Visit Kids in the Hospital

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To some fans, actor Johnny Depp may be best known for his gritty performances in films such as Blow and Donnie Brasco; however, to many young children he is best known for his role as quirky pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Carribean series. Depp, who began the role in 2003, has won many awards for his performance as the Captain and has been the driving force behind much of the franchise’s success.  On the screen, Captain Jack Sparrow has been described as a “trickster who uses wit and deceit to attain his goal;” however, Depp has managed to show a softer side to the drunken Captain.

Recent reports have shown that Depp has been making surprise visits at children’s hospitals dressed as Jack Sparrow.  According to Depp, he  travels with the costume at all times so that he can “sneak in and go and surprise a bunch of kiddies through the different wards.”  Depp also says that the visits “basically turns into a two-, three-hour improvisation and it’s really fun.”

Sprarrow’s first real-life sightings took place in 2009 after Depp visited London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital.  Depp’s visit was particularly meaningful because the hospital is credited with nursing Depp’s daughter back to health after she suffered e-coli poisoning which resulted in kidney failure, and a non day hospital stay.  A source present during Depp’s visit to Great Ormond Street stated that “Johnny was so friendly with all the children…they absolutely loved his pirate outfit,”  also noting that Depp took time to snap pictures with the children.  Although Jack Sparrow usually stops at hospitals, he has also been at schools, visiting a Greenwich school in 2010 at the request of a nine year old student.

While the Pirates of the Carribean franchise hasn’t released a film since 2011, another film,  Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, is slated for release on July 7, 2017.   Filming for the franchise’s fifth installment is scheduled for the beginning of next year and according to reports, all of the series’ main characters have reprised their original roles.

(Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

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