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Cannes 2011: Johnny Depp talks Pirates

Johnny Depp has been reflecting on the ups and downs of his pre- Pirates Of The Caribbean career.

In Cannes for the premiere of fourquel On Stranger Tides , the star said: “For 20 years or so I made these films that were considered, for the most part, failures.

“I built a career on flops, so I was quite comfortable in that arena. Then a couple of things hit.”

Describing his life in film as “a very strange ride”, he added: “You have a film coming up and producers you haven’t spoken to in 15 years call and say ‘How’ve you been?’

“But then that film takes a dump and they don’t call you again until the next one’s coming up!”

Talking up On Stranger Tides, he expressed how pleased he was to have Keith Richards reprise his role as Jack Sparrow’s old man.

“It was great to get in the ring with him again,” Depp said. “And great to share a trailer with him. I may write a book on that one day.”

As for the prospect of more Pirates sequels, Depp simply said: “As long as the people want it, I’m there.”

Meanwhile, it’s been revealed that Depp’s co-star Penelope Cruz had to rely on her sister Monica to conceal her pregnancy from the camera.

“We moved the schedule around so we could shoot Penelope’s work early on,” said director Rob Marshall. “But towards the end we asked her sister Monica to help us out for some of the wide shots were we needed a different silhouette!”