'Pirates Of The Caribbean': Jack Sparrow Falling In Love Would 'Mess Up The Legend,' Says Johnny Depp

Though "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" has a new leading lady for Captain Jack Sparrow, don't expect too much romance to be blossoming between him and his new gal pal.

Johnny Depp, who plays the beloved Jack Sparrow -- sorry, Captain Jack Sparrow -- said that any sort of love story for the pirate would "mess up the myth," which means that the chances of things getting too hot and heavy between him and Penelope Cruz on the big screen are sadly slim.

"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 told MTV News. "He would probably sit there and quiver for an hour and a half."

But that's not to say that Depp doesn't recognize how lucky he was to have Cruz as his female lead.

"[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."

Still, it seems unlikely "Pirates" will turn into a legitimate love story for Sparrow any time soon.

"It would mess up the legend," Depp said. "Which I think is always working for it, to leave the legend behind."

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