Thanks to Pirates of the Caribbean, Johnny Depp is the pirate of his own personal island. Depp purchased an island in the area where the movies were shot.
Discussing his upcoming role in The Rum Diary, which is also set in the Caribbean, Johnny admitted it was the Pirates franchise that allowed him to make his extravagant purchase.
“The ultimate irony is that I was given an opportunity to do a pirate movie back in 2003 that even Disney thought was gonna crap out" explained the 48 year-old, adding, "That was the thing that allowed me to buy my dream, to buy the island - a pirate movie!"
Depp bought an island in the Bahamas back in 2004, spending $3.6 million. And is it just me, or is this kind of a good price for an island? I don’t know what the rates are, but it seems like a steal. The island is 45-acres, approximately one mile long. That’s a lot of island for under $4 million! They practically gave this away.
Little Halls Pond Cay is about 60 miles south of Nassau and is accessible only by boat or helicopter, or something called a seaplane. There are six white sand beaches, a private harbor and a lagoon.
Considering how much Depp has undoubtedly raked in for Pirates of the Caribbean (it’s rumored to be in the $300 million range), he could probably afford twenty of these islands.
The Rum Diary is to release on Friday, and Depp discusses how it went from book to movie. The late Hunter S. Thompson, who wrote the original, was also a friend of Depp’s.
"It was his [Hunter's] idea to produce it as a film," Depp explained. "I found the manuscript (in his home). We were reading it, sitting cross-legged on the floor and he said, ‘We have to make this into a film and produce it together. I said Sure, never knowing that we would full-on go through with it."
Pretty cool, except for the fact that Hunter S. Thompson apparently didn't have chairs and forces his guests to sit on the floor like five-year olds.
The flick is an adventure story about a journalist who travels to Puerto Rico to write for The San Juan Star. He gorges on rum and a woman named Chenault (played by Amber Heard). Filming started in 2009, and it was co-directed by Depp.
While it was originally in development in 2000, while Hunter S. Thompson was alive, he got really frustrated with the process, calling it a “waterhead f-ckaround.” Then, in 2002, a new producer signed on to the project, recruiting Benicio del Toro and Josh Hartnett. It still never went past development stage.
Finally, it was rebooted in 2007, when producer Graham King acquired all rights to the novel. Depp was cast, and Amber Heard reportedly beat out Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley for her role.