Johnny Depp may no longer be part of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” universe, but he isn’t ready to let Captain Jack Sparrow go just yet.
The 55-year-old actor transformed into the popular swashbuckling pirate of the high seas when he visited the Curie Institute hospital in Paris on Thursday. Adorned in his tricorn hat and dreadlocked wig, the “Fantastic Beasts” star surprised the children and staff on the ward.
Depp, with his scruffy brown coat, platted beard, and bejewelled fingers, posed for photos with the excited kids, many of whom are fighting cancer. He also took the time to talk with staff members and answer questions.
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Cet après-midi, #JackSparrow 👀 le plus célèbre de tous les pirates a rendu une visite surprise aux enfants et adolescents de notre service de #pédiatrie ! Un formidable cadeau 🎁 deux jours après #Noël qui a fait la joie de tous : petits, grands, patients, familles, soignants, médecins et chercheurs. Immense merci à Johnny Depp pour son temps, son énergie, son réconfort et son engagement auprès des plus fragiles ❤️ #LutteContreLeCancer #Enfance
It’s not the first time Depp has morphed into Captain Jack to surprise sick children. He’s visited London’s Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital on several occasions, and in 2017, while filming in Vancouver, he spent almost five hours with the patients at BC Children’s Hospital.
The Golden Globe winner was axed from “Pirates of the Caribbean” earlier this year as Disney prepares to reboot the film franchise. “Deadpool” writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have been brought on board to revitalize the series.
Disney’s film production chief Sean Bailey confirmed Depp’s departure earlier this month, telling The Hollywood Reporter, “We want to bring in a new energy and vitality.”
He added: “I love the [‘Pirates’] movies but part of the reason Paul and Rhett are so interesting is that we want to give it a kick in the pants. And that’s what I’ve tasked them with.”