, Depp was a hugely respected talent, who had balanced offbeat character tics, heart-throb status and sheer cool to popular effect. After
, he was an undisputed global megastar.
The first installment in the now-ginormous franchise was solid, good old-fashioned fun, but it was anchored by an unforgettable performance by Depp.
Captain Jack Sparrow has already bagged his place as a genuinely iconic character in film history. Kudos to Gore Verbinski, Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney for allowing Depp to lead a big-budget action adventure as a hero who's more camp, drunk and swaggering than he is, well, heroic.