Will the Real Pirate of the Caribbean Please Stand Up?

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Will the Real Pirate of the Caribbean Please Stand Up?

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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ack in the early 2000s, before Johnny Depp became the walking amalgamation of every fever dream Tim Burton has ever had, he was cast as Captain Jack Sparrow. This was a new level of crazy-cool that Depp hit, in a filmography as diverse as Edward Scissorhands, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Donnie Brasco. So well did the film do and so tailormade was it for Depp’s on-the-edge personality that it earned him an Oscar nod, and kick-started a super successful franchise.

Now as the fifth edition of the film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales readies for release this weekend, I can detect a palpable sense of excitement among Jack Sparrow’s fans. I, however, am not one of them. I am holding the candle for the real hero of the Pirates series: Captain Hector Barbossa.

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