Last week I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Geoffrey Rush about his role as Barbossa in the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, actually in all of the Pirates of the Caribbean films. He was a wealth of information when it came to his role in the films and I loved hearing all of the fun facts he shared with us.

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Here’s what Geoffrey Rush had to say…

Geoffrey Rush Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales Interview

  • Barbossa’s character is inspired by British rock stars of the ‘60s.
  • Geoffrey Rush found out he’d be brought back from the dead and in the 2nd film when he received a phone call from Gore Verbinski (the director of the first 3 films) about a trip to Asia.
  • In Pirates 4, Rush insisted that he have a very elaborate wig, lovely makeup and a beauty spot
"PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES" The villainous Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) pursues Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) as he searches for the trident used by Poseidon Pictured: Captain Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) Ph: Film Frame © Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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  • His daughter worked on the film in the costume department
  • Geoffrey tried using an actual peg leg but he wasn’t able to stand up so he ended up wearing a blue screen stocking while filming.
  • “The real black beard used to have fuse wire burning in his beard that when people saw him they thought he was the devil”
  • In the first film, the monkey’s name is Tara. “She priced herself out of the film for the second film. [LAUGHS] The owner of Tara wanted…Oh, a million dollars, and they went no, no, we’ll get a cheap monkey. [LAUGHS]…”
  • In the 2nd film, there were actually 2 monkeys, Pablo and Chiquita. “Chiquita was slightly smaller and she was better for fitting under the hat…”
  • After 5 years, Pablo still remembered Geoffrey. Pablo even painted a picture for Geoffrey as a wrap gift. “It’s really amazing. And it’s framed. And it’s an ogre background and it’s got these mad, green spreads, like abstract – I call it abstract simian expressionism. [LAUGHS] And then there’s some yellow over on this side. It’s really quite artistic. I don’t know what that is. That could’ve been the contents of the diaper that he wears. [LAUGHS]…”

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales sails into theaters May 26th!

Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales Poster

Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.

* I was invited by Disney to the #PiratesLifeEvent to share my experience with my followers. However, All opinions are my own.