Johnny Depp Explains Lack Of ‘Pirates’ Love Story For Jack Sparrow

'It would mess up the legend,' he tells MTV News.

It seems like just yesterday that the devilish and charming Captain Jack Sparrow and his merry band of misfits were wreaking havoc upon the open seas in “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.” Lucky for fans of the hugely successful franchise, Johnny Depp is back in Sparrow’s pirate garb this weekend in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”

When MTV News caught up with Depp recently, we got to talking about one element missing from Captain Jack’s unique existence: long-term relationships with any of the bevy of beautiful women that seem to constantly surround him, like “Stranger Tides” leading lady Penélope Cruz.

“I think if we did a scenario where it was Captain Jack really falling in love, it would most likely be a silent film. I think he would go completely catatonic and be unable to speak,” Depp said. “He would probably sit there and quiver for an hour and a half.”

Depp said a real relationship would “mess up the myth” of Jack Sparrow. “It would mess up the legend,” he said. “Which I think is always working for it, to leave the legend behind.”

Sparrow’s apparent commitment phobia and other unexplained issues aside, Depp said having Cruz as his onscreen love interest/ sparring partner was a gift.

“[She's] one of the greatest gifts you could get,” he said of Cruz. “She’s so fiery and has such spirit and such talent. Also, besides that, she’s a great friend,” he added. “She’s so funny and so capable of anything. You toss her a curve ball, or she tosses you one, she’s ready for anything, and that’s a really great and inspiring experience.”

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