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Johnny Depp said kissing Keira Knightley was ‘unbelievably awkward’

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Johnny Depp said kissing Keira Knightley was ‘unbelievably awkward’


The Pirates of the Caribbean series is one of Disney’s most profitable ventures, grossing billions of dollars worldwide and attracting a devoted fan base.

The films have largely featured Captain Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, and Elizabeth Swann as they go on adventures with a kind of love triangle forming between them, beginning with 2003’s The Curse of the Black Pearl.

The second Pirates of the Caribbean film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, had an intimate encounter between Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow and Keira Knightley’s Elizabeth Swann.

Elizabeth and Will were at odds after the kiss, but viewers swooned when the two locked lips.

Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom together at an event | Eric Charbonneau/WireImage for Disney Pictures

In a recent interview, Johnny Depp said that kissing an actress who is roughly 20 years younger than him was exceedingly awkward for him.


“Kissing someone you are not romantically involved with is always awkward,” Depp said in a Vanity Fair interview. “But the fact that Keira is 20-something years younger than me made it infinitely more awkward. Still, she was a good sport about it and we did what we had to do.”

He told TMZ, “Any kind of scene like that whenever you’re doing that sort of thing, it’s always unbelievably awkward especially having met Keira when she was 17 years old.”

“But regardless of that it’s always awkward so you kind of just making light of it; she was a good sport and we just kind of did what we had to do, that’s the gig,” he continued.

Knightley, on the other hand, did not find the kiss odd at all, gushing about it to TMZ back in the day, as revealed by Inside The Magic.

“I couldn’t ask for a better kissing scene with Johnny Depp actually, I think my 14-year-old self was yelping with pleasure …” Knightley said. “It was fantastic! What more can a girl ask for? I’ve got Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom, and I get to kiss both of them. It’s wonderful!”

Swann was profoundly in love with Turner (Orlando Bloom), as viewers know. She did, however, regularly find herself in flirty situations with Jack throughout the series.

After much anticipation, she and Jack eventually kissed in the second film, Dead Man’s Chest, released in 2006. However, not in the manner you believe. Swann merely did it to divert his attention so she could shackle him to the ship and abandon him. She later married Turner and had a kid with him.

When asked subsequently who she preferred to kiss in the movies, she seemed to prefer Depp over Bloom, saying InStyle: “Johnny Depp certainly wasn’t bad.”

Knightley was just 17 when she starred in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and she was only 21 when the sequel was released. Depp, on the other hand, was 42 when the second picture was released, so there was a significant age difference. On Stranger Tides, the fourth film, does not include her or Orlando Bloom. Instead, Angelica, played by Penelope Cruz, becomes Jack’s love interest. However, in the fifth part, Dead Men Tell No Tales / Salazar’s Revenge, the two make a brief appearance.

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