Walt Disney held on Thursday, May 11, the world premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” at the Shanghai Disneyland. Johnny Depp, star of the movie, came to China for the debut, indicating how important the Chinese film market is to Hollywood studios.
Students Skip Classes
Besides Depp, co-stars Orlando Bloom and Javier Bardem also attended the premiere in which hundreds of Chinese fans of the franchise showed up for the afternoon viewing, Reuters reported. Some of them were students who skipped classes or missed an exam.
While recent Hollywood movies such as “The Fate of the Furious” and “The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” broke China box-office records, only 34 foreign movies could benefit from the large number of Chinese moviegoers because of the annual quota. However, a revenue-sharing deal between Beijing and foreign movie producers is up for a review in 2017 which raises the possibility of the number of annual foreign movie also rising.
Depp’s Alleged “Train Wreck” Behavior
While Chinese moviegoers are enjoying the privilege of being one of the first to watch the fifth franchise of “Pirates of the Caribbean,” in the U.S., it is not dead men but the crew of the movie who tell tales of Depp’s “train wreck” behavior on the movie set, The Independent reported.
Stories abound about the former husband of actress Amber Heard arriving very late for shooting and drinking on the set are spreading. As a result, the crew and extras had to wait for hours while shooting the movie at Australia’s Gold Coast.
In response to Depp’s behavior, a production staff was assigned to stay near the trailer of the actor to report when he turns on the trailer’s light which indicated that Depp is back and likely ready to shoot his scenes. Unnamed production crew claimed that Depp’s behavior led to his firing agent Tracey Jacobs in 2016, but Jerry Bruckheimer, the producer of the film, denied the incident happened.