(At around forty-two minutes) The joke Captain Jack Sparrow's (Johnny Depp's) uncle (Sir Paul McCartney) tells Jack is the same joke Al Pacino told Johnny Depp during production of Donnie Brasco (1997), "A skeleton walks into a bar, orders a beer and a mop... "
Because Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) is the Captain of the Flying Dutchman, he can step on land once every ten years. This movie was released ten years after the third movie, which was the last one with Will.
This movie was being produced as Johnny Depp was going through a bitter divorce. He was chronically late to the set, to the point where it ate into the schedule as the set often came to a halt for several hours at a time. It got to the point where a production assistant was hired just to wait outside Depp's house and announce that he was awake when they saw the lights inside come on.
Keira Knightley has ruled out a return to the franchise after her former co-star Orlando Bloom suggested he would be open to returning. Knightley has stated that to be part of the franchise was an amazing time in her life, but as it took five years of her life, she just can't see herself going back. However, after fans heard of Bloom's return, they demanded the producers to bring Knightley back as well, resulting in her scenes being filmed at the last minute.
(At around six minutes) Henry (Lewis McGowan) recognizes a ship as Bonnet's ship called "Royal James". Stede Bonnet was a real-life pirate who worked closely with Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard. Bonnet was active from December 1717 to December 1718 before he was hanged in Charles Town for piracy.
(At around one hour and five minutes) In the flashback scene, we see Jack Sparrow is on a ship called the Wicked Wench. This is actually the Black Pearl, it gets renamed when Davy Jones brings it back from the depths, after it's set ablaze, in the book Pirates of the Caribbean The Price of Freedom, making the book canon.
Salazar's face was full make-up that took Javier Bardem three hours to put on, but the hair was all CG. To achieve this, Bardem's hair was pulled back and a make-up artist added marking dots on his face, which tracked the motion of his head in post-production.
Christoph Waltz was originally cast in the role of Captain Brand, but dropped out due to other work commitments. Javier Bardem was then given the role, but the name was changed from Brand to Salazar to sound more Mediterranean to accompany Bardem's Spanish descent. Bardem and Waltz both previously played villains in Daniel Craig James Bond movies. Bardem in Skyfall (2012), and Waltz in Spectre (2015).
(At around forty-one minutes) Sir Paul McCartney (Uncle Jack) is seen singing a song "Maggie Mae". It is an old drinking song of the sea from Liverpool and featured on The Beatles "Let it Be" Album. On the album, the song was sung by John Lennon.
According to Australian film industry sources, the budget was around two hundred fifty million dollars. This was officially confirmed by Disney and the Queensland Arts Minister on October 2, 2014, stating that filming will take place exclusively in Queensland, Australia, being the largest production to ever shoot in the country.
(At around one hour and twenty-two minutes) This movie's action takes place in 1755. During the third act, Captain Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) said that it has been five years since Blackbeard shrunk The Black Pearl in the bottle. The producers have said that Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) took place in 1750. This also means that Henry is twenty-one years of age, given that he was twelve during the prologue, two years after the post-credits scene of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007).
(At around thirty-seven minutes) The two Pirates who interrupt Captain Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), while he is having breakfast are the two redcoats from the first movie who are "guarding the dock" when Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) first arrives. They deserted the British Navy and converted to piracy during Cutler Beckett's (Tom Hollander's) downfall at the hands of the joint forces of the crew's of the Black Pearl and Will Turner's (Orlando Bloom's) Flying Dutchman.
After working with each other for the first three Pirates of the Caribbean installments, after Martin Klebba got married and learned he was having a daughter, Martin called Mackenzie Crook to ask if he could name his baby girl after him. Mackenzie said "Yes, of course!" Martin then named his baby Makenzie Rae Klebba.
This is the only movie in the Pirates film franchise whose title quotes audio from the Disneyland and Walt Disney World attractions. Actual audio from the attractions were featured in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007).
(At around one hour and seven minutes) Cameo: Captain Edward Teague as a younger man appears on a flashback explaining the story behind Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) and Captain Jack Sparrow's (Johnny Depp's) rivalry. He was not played by Keith Richards although his likeness was used.
(At around one hour and sixteen minutes) During the beach scene when Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) learns the ghosts can't touch land he says "they can't step on land, I knew that" it's a reference to Jack's previous enemy Davy Jones since the Captain of the Flying Dutchman is not allowed to set foot on land, with the exception of once every ten years.
Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) is the first supernatural villain of the Pirates film franchise who isn't a pirate. Correction: Captain Salazar is the second supernatural villain of the Pirates franchise who isn't a pirate. Davy Jones, the villain from the second and third installation of the franchise, is the Captain of a haunted ghost ship, who abandoned his duty as a guide for the lost souls, but technically, he is not a pirate.
Elizabeth Swann's (Keira Knightley's) return was intended to be a surprise for the viewers at the end of the movie. However, as soon as news broke that Knightley was set to return for this movie, other countries had included her scenes in their trailers as a means to attract audiences.
Every time Jack Sparrow is in possession of (captaining) the Black Pearl, the banner of the movie shows him in his signature hat leading to the belief he will be captain of the Black Pearl in this installment.
Instead of rebuilding the Sunset from Queen Anne's Revenge to the Black Pearl, production decided only to build the deck and the rest of the ship was completed using CGI, this was done in order to save money.
In the third installment of the franchise (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)), when the Chinese ship goes over the waterfall when they were searching for Jack in Davy Jones' locker, the screen goes black and you can hear a voice say "Dead Men Tell No Tales", which is the title for this movie.
This movie was originally set to release on July 7, 2017. An earlier installment in the franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006), was also released on this date eleven years prior. The release date has since been changed to May 26, 2017.
(At around one hour and fifty-five minutes) The coda ending where Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) waits for his father Will (Orlando Bloom) and the Flying Dutchman was filmed shot-by-shot in a similar manner as the post-credits sequence in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011).
During filming, Johnny Depp and his then wife Amber Heard breached Australia's strict bio-security laws when they failed to declare their two dogs to the Australian Customs Service when they flew by private jet into Queensland, where filming was taking place. Heard was charged with two counts of illegally importing the dogs into the country and one count of producing a false document. In April 2016, Heard appeared in the Southport Magistrates Court and pled guilty to falsifying quarantine documents, stating that she was sleep deprived and made a mistake. The two bio-security charges were dropped, and she was placed on a one-month good behavior bond, paying a one thousand dollar fine for producing a false document. Heard and Depp also released a video in which they apologized for their behavior and urged people to adhere to the bio-security laws. Australian newspaper "The Guardian" called the case the "highest profile criminal quarantine case" in Australian history.
The company in charge of the pools at the movie studio where this movie was filmed had a staff member on site full time to service the two pools that were used for filming. These pools are located at Movie World on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. They are several million liters in capacity and needed to be serviced regularly due to the debris and props that were used in the water. The company is called Poolwerx Movie Services and the senior pool tech's name is Ian Jenkins.
The sharks were also given broken spines and fins which allowed animators to have the sharks perform erratic, jagged, and un-elegant movements. "We wanted them to swim as if they were zombie sharks", adds Visual Effects Supervisor Patrick Ledda. At one point, the sharks take on a rowboat holding Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites), biting at the craft and jumping out of the water, a task made more difficult by the fact that Depp and Thwaites were shot practically on a stage.
According to The Sunday Telegraph, this movie racked up a three hundred twenty million dollar bill, well over its initial budget of two hundred fifty million dollars, after production had to drop anchor when Johnny Depp accidentally injured his hand on-set in Queensland's Gold Coast in March. However, was confirmed that the budget of the movie was only two hundred thirty million dollars.
When Captain Salazar introduces himself to Henry Turner he says his name twice. Although it is not as evident the first time he says his name, nor anywhere else in the movie after the second, he pronounces it with the Spanish traditional pronunciation of "Salathar." When watching the mouth during the second time he says his name his mouth makes a "th" as in "think" motion. This is because in Spain the Z (and also the C) sound in a name or word is traditionally pronounced with a "th".
The IMAX format of this movie was specially formatted exclusively for IMAX theaters. The film was composed for the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with a common top, just like the first three movies, which were shot like that through the Super 35 format, and was opened up to 1.90:1 for the entire movie by using more of the bottom of the frame.
The ghost sharks were intended to be photoreal. "We took existing concept work from the production Art Department and developed them further to achieve the desired look, paying particular attention to what real shark anatomy looks like, but also taking creative freedom when needed", says Visual Effects Supervisor Patrick Ledda. "For instance, we gave them a rib cage so we could show some broken ribs even though sharks don't have this bone structure. We looked at a lot of references of rotten fish and dead animals, which wasn't the most appealing, but it provided a lot of inspiration for our modellers and texturing artists."
Part of the advertising campaign for this movie was the tagline: "All Pirates Must Die". This was a play on the line "all men must die" from Game of Thrones (2011), which was a phrase spoken by various religious and political groups in Essos, invoking the idea that no one is invincible, and we will all head to our graves one day.
Javier Bardem imagined the character of Captain Salazar as a cross between a bull in the ring and a cante jondo singer (tragic Spanish flamenco music). Additionally, Bardem studied the history of the Spanish Royal Navy in preparation for the role.
The red crosses on the sails of the British Royal Navy ship are entirely fanciful. No British Royal Navy ship of the eighteenth century was ever decorated in such a way. Crosses on the main and topsails of Spanish ships in the sixteenth and seventeenth century were common, but never on ships from Britain. However, since this is a fictional movie, it doesn't have to be historically accurate, so it really doesn't matter.
"Creating realistic shark motion, although challenging, is quite objective", adds Visual Effects Supervisor Patrick Ledda. "There is a lot of reference available for different types of sharks. In our case, it was a much more subjective approach. However, it's still important to adhere to physical characteristics such as weight, speed, and so on in order to make them believable. When interacting with characters, this became quite challenging because they needed to react to certain performance cues while trying to be plausible at the same time."
(At around thirty-nine minutes) The enemy which Shansa (Golshifteh Farahani) cursed for Captain Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) means Blackbeard. She created a prophecy that Blackbeard will be killed by a one-legged man, and in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), Barbossa fulfilled it.
(At around one hour and fifty-five minutes) In Captain Jack Sparrow's (Johnny Depp's) last line of the movie, he tells us he has a "rendezvous beyond my beloved horizon." A rendezvous is a meeting, usually prearranged with a friend. In Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), Captain Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) had to journey beyond the horizon to rescue Jack from Davy Jones' Locker. This hints at Jack saving Barbossa from death in a future installment.
The constellation Carina was once part of a larger constellation, Argo Navis, along with Vela and Puppis. Puppis is the poop deck, Vela is the sails, and Carina is the keel. The purpose of a keel is to provide directional control and stability. Captain Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) giving his daughter this name suggests he had hoped her to be a sort of moral compass, but after her mother's death, he felt unfit to be her parent and left her at an orphanage, returning to the only stable thing he had even known: piracy.