Johnny Depp Does ‘Entertainment Weekly’ Magazine as Capt. Jack Sparrow

Johnny Depp, dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow, is featured on the cover of this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine which is dedicated to the 2011 preview of movies, television, music, books and more. Considering Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is among the most-anticipated films of the year, it only makes sense that Capt Jack Sparrow would be this issues cover.

When Johnny Depp appeared at a Disney fan convention in the fall of 2009 to hype the announcement of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, it looked like fair weather-sailing for the fourth movie in the blockbuster franchise. But as the cover story of this week’s special 2011 preview issue reveals, the subsequent journey was anything but squall-free. Indeed, for a while, it looked like Depp himself was about to jump ship. “Things became a little creaky,” admits the superstar. The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced operation also had to deal with bad weather of a literal stripe while shooting in Hawaii and the pregnancy of franchise newcomer Penélope Cruz, though Depp says the blooming actress could hardly have been more game. “It was funny to see a pregnant woman fucking sword-fighting,” he laughs. Audiences will be able to see the end result of Depp, Bruckheimer, Cruz, and director Rob Marshall’s endeavors when On Stranger Tides opens May 20. These days, Depp says he would be happy to play Captain Jack again, and that there have already been discussions about a fifth movie. “As long as we can put all the puzzle pieces together, I would most definitely consider it,” he says. On Stranger Tides is just one of a veritable armada of projects featured in this week’s issue. We take a look at forthcoming TV shows — including The X Factor, albums, books, and dozens of other films from Thor to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2. You’ll also find an exclusive sneak peak at The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. If it’s hot and about-to-happen — and in the case of Tina Fey’s forthcoming book of essays, features grotesque man-arms on the cover — then we’ve covered it.

I cant wait for Pirates 4!