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."

Check out everything we've got on "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides."

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