Talk Like a Pirate Day has been around since 1995 when two guys in Oregon came up with the idea that every September 19th we should all, well, talk like a pirate. I am not sure how some 27 years later it is still a thing, but I can say one thing: it was the perfect day to release Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales on digital and throw a fun event on Santa Monica Beach.
To celebrate the digital release, a small pirate camp was set up with a few “pirate games,” set pieces from the films, and, of course, more pirates then should be allowed near a bottle of rum! The morning started with a bit of Pirate school where we learned how to talk like a pirate from a real Pirate and one of the stars of four of the five Pirates of the Caribbean films, Martin Klebba.
Martin was a true gentleman and shared with us fun stories of working on the films including how Captain Jack loved to play pranks, including hiding dead fish in his dressing room’s toilet. When I asked Marty how he ended up on Pirates, he told of working on a Disney film at the time that he felt was going to be the big blockbuster: Haunted Mansion. He went in for an audition on Pirates and then, when the films came out, “they were the other way around” as he put it. One thing that stood out while talking with him was his true love of Disney. He spoke briefly about going to Disneyland and how his daughter took part in the being made into a Princess at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. He mentioned how special she felt and how much he loved it, except he joked, when they got home, she still expected to be bowed to and still treated like the princess.
After being taught how to properly speak like a pirate it was time to learn how to fight like a pirate! Luckily, we had two very experienced pirates to teach us. Lisa Hoyle, who doubled for Keira Knightly in Pirates 2 and 3 alongside Tony Angelotti, who stood in for none other than Johnny Depp for first three Pirates films.
After a brief “watch and learn” session we each got to try our hand at fighting like a pirate (less the cheating part) we did four moves that included right should, left should, and head. For any of you with kids or have watched the Jedi Training Academy, these moves may seem very familiar; so much so to me when I faced off with Tony he said “you picked that up fast” to which I giggled internally.
The rest of the morning was spent trying to raise the Jolly Roger on the Black Pearl or attempting to load a cannon in challenging was but my favorite part had to be the beautifully detailed safe that was used in Pirates 5 and, of course, the model of the Black Pearl itself.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is now available digitally from all major providers, including iTunes and Amazon Video. Those, like myself who still collect the aactualdiscs can wait till October 3rd can pick it up on a Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Combo Pack. It will also have the honor of being the first Disney branded film to be released on 4K Ultra HD.
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