It may feature blood, skeletons and not-so-dead thieves, but that doesn't mean that "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" is without humor, both onscreen and off. Just ask Johnny Depp.
"There were moments when it was like the comedy stylings of Depp and [Orlando] Bloom," the actor reported about making the swashbuckling romp, which hits theaters this week.
Loosely based on the Disney theme-park attraction, "Pirates" stars Depp as the eccentric Captain Jack Sparrow whose ship, the Black Pearl, was taken by his mutinous and now undead crew. No stranger to sword-fighting tales, Bloom plays a young man far outside of his social class attempting to save the love of his life, played by "Bend It Like Beckham"'s Keira Knightley. [article id="1473667"](Click here for photos from the movie.)[/article]
The "Lord of the Rings" actor saw "Pirates" primarily as a chance to work with one of his heroes. "I think that any actor of my generation will tell you that, growing up, there are a few guys that are really kicking it, and [Depp] is one of them," proclaimed the 26-year-old Bloom. "He's one of them, in terms of morphing into characters, being really one of the best-looking guys onscreen and managing to always do something different."
Though he was something of a teen idol on TV's "21 Jump Street," Depp has since become known for choosing quirkier, more challenging material over the years, like "From Hell," which was based on a graphic novel written by similarly eccentric comic book scribe Alan Moore.
Another Alan Moore comic-turned-movie will challenge Depp's latest picture at the box office this week. "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" is about a group of characters from classic literature — including Allan Quatermain, Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man, Tom Sawyer and Dr. Jekyll — who form an "X-Men"-like super team in the Victorian Age. It stars an ensemble cast headed up by Sean Connery, Stuart Townsend ("Queen of the Damned") and Shane West ("A Walk to Remember"). [article id="1473666"](Click here for photos from the movie.)[/article]
Both films will compete against the box-office might of Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," last weekend's #1 film (see [article id="1473583"]"Box Office 'Terminator:' Arnold, Machines Rise To Beat 'Blonde' "[/article] ).