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Interview with Stellan Skarsgard from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Skarsgard Discusses Pirates 2 at the Film's World Premiere

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Interview with Stellan Skarsgard from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Stellan Skarsgard and Orlando Bloom in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

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Who is Bootstrap Bill?: "It’s Will Turner’s dad and he’s been on the bottom of the ocean for quite a while. He saved his life by making this deal with Davy Jones, the captain of the Flying Dutchmen – a kind of flying ghost ship. So he has to slave there for 100 years and gradually he loses his humanity and becomes a part of the ship. It’s a very tragic story."

Inside the Make-Up of 'Bootstrap Bill': "I carry around quite a dominant statement on my face all the time, don’t I, and I have to get sort of find a way to not be upstaged by my own face. Working on the make-up, we talked about how to find a general expression that I could work with so it has also a sort of sadness to it."

Playing a Part in a Movie Loaded with Effects and CGI Characters: "You don’t think of it when you actually do it. Even if there’s a lot of special effects, when you work on it basically all the concentration is about the acting. Because, just like in the first one, this is a blockbuster movie that actually is character-driven. [Director] Gore Verbinski is very careful about creating an atmosphere with the actors where the actors can actually act. So you don’t see all the technical side of it as an obstacle."

Working with Director Verbinski: "It’s great working with him. He’s very collaborative. You try things out and you discuss the text and you discuss how to do it. It’s wonderful."

The Tone of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest vs. The Curse of the Black Pearl: Asked how the second film differs from the first, Skarsgard said, "I don’t know. I would probably say that it’s a little rougher ride this time."

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