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Johnny Depp Gets A Sidekick (And There's A New Boat) ON STRANGER TIDES!!

Merrick here...
Stephen Graham (Tommy in SNATCH) will be Johnny Depp's "sidekick" in PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES.
He'll portray Scram, a Machiavellian pirate in Disney's fourth installment of the franchise in which Sparrow seeks out the fountain of youth.
...says Variety HERE. Graham worked with Johnny Depp on Michael Mann's PUBLIC ENEMIES, where he portrayed Baby Face Nelson. He'll soon appear as another historical crime figure - Al Capone - in HBO's BOARDWALK EMPIRE.
In related news, an AICN reader called DaMighty 20 sent in two hastily nabbed pics of a new boat from the 4th film. Check out that skeleton mounted to the forward facing sticky outy thing (is that part called the "bowsprit"?) These pics are EMBIGGENABLE (sorry Trazadone).
We appreciate DaMighty 20 for taking the time to send these in.
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  • June 3, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST


    by Rev. Artemis Prime

  • June 3, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST

    R.I.P Rhue McLanachan

    by Trazadone


  • June 3, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST

    What is the status of "Rum Diary"?


    Dead in the water? Anybody know?

  • June 3, 2010, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Looks like a boat from a dinner theater.

    by Willbraham

    I know, I ate at one.

  • June 3, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Why is the rum (diary) gone?!!!

    by BumLove

  • June 3, 2010, 12:07 p.m. CST

    I need that sign on my back after that dump I just took....

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    ...which resembles the last 2 Pirates movies.

  • June 3, 2010, 12:07 p.m. CST

    this is england


    You have to see him in that......scary

  • June 3, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    I guess I'm one of the few...

    by annie_michael_hall

    Who loved the POTC trilogy. Yeah DMC and AWE had flaws but I actually thought AWE had some great moments in it and set pieces. But those films have gone up a few notches because of their high rewatchability factor. Not talking about heavy duty watching, just having it on the TV on a Sunday. They're GREAT for that. Anyway, I hope this one works. Kind of looking at it as more of a stand-alone than a traditional sequel though.

  • June 3, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    should have been me.

    by alice133


  • June 3, 2010, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Trazadone got called out

    by D.Vader


  • June 3, 2010, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Ze Germans?

    by ImJustSaying

    Stephen Graham is great! That boat looks sick! Penelope Cruz is so fine! Ian McShane is the shit! I'm so down with this movie.

  • June 3, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Let it die!

    by Lashlarue

    Jesus, the cow is DEAD.<p> Stop sucking on it's tits, Disney.

  • June 3, 2010, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Rum Diary is fine (More than fine)

    by Bash_Branigan

    I am under an NDA and thus will only say it's awesome. First screening was in the OC back in April. I was there. I will not say more, except its done but for likely some music and I imagine they'll make it more "public friendly" with some editing, though I loved it as is.

  • June 3, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Depp - Sellout

    by Squashua

    That third movie was a travesty.

  • June 3, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Wash Down 15 Minutes

    by precinct_13

    Have your tickets ready and clearly let your washer know what type of soap and towel you prefer, thank you for your attention.

  • June 3, 2010, 12:40 p.m. CST

    holy shit..look at that fucking car

    by EddieMurphysLaugh

  • June 3, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Yes, that is a bowsprit (very good!) and

    by Dingbatty

    the skeleton is a figurehead.

  • June 3, 2010, 12:43 p.m. CST

    This one could've been good,

    by Dingbatty

    but looks like they are going to ruin it by adding superfluous characters.

  • June 3, 2010, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Why My Friend Rue Mcclanahan is DEAD by Harry Knowles

    by EddieMurphysLaugh

  • June 3, 2010, 12:47 p.m. CST

    AWESOME news Xgirlfriend and Bash!


    I had no fucking idea they had already made the damn thing. Cannot wait, though sad there will not be a Benicio Del Toro appearance.

  • June 3, 2010, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Who was Tommy again?

    by RedEgiraahgnal

    Was he in "Lock, Stock" too? Because that was the more memorable movie.

  • June 3, 2010, 12:48 p.m. CST

    So people are expecting the 4th to be good...

    by Nice Marmot

    ... when 2 & 3 sucked ass. I wouldn't.

  • June 3, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Why My Friend Rue Mcclanahan is DEAD by Harry Knowles continued.

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    ...Blanche Devereaux was the first Golden Girl I masturbated to.

  • June 3, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    No Worries CGAF...

    by Bash_Branigan

    This film's Benicio weirdness quotient is ably filled by Giovanni Ribisi!

  • June 3, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    What about...

    by Anna Valerious

    ..Johnny Vegas? He wanted to have him be in one of the films...

  • June 3, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Great another PIRATES talkback

    by IAmLegolas

    I love hearing how the first movie was just OK and 2nd and 3rd were either boring or confusing. Climb a ladder and get the fuck over it already.

  • June 3, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST

    I Have News For All Of You

    by Crow3711

    All three of those movies were fucking retarded garbage for 13 year old girls to swoon over. Deal with it.

  • June 3, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    by JethroBodine

  • June 3, 2010, 1:11 p.m. CST

    But has Rush been confirmed?

    by umbral_shadow_

    POTC 2 sucked balls because there was no Rush (aside from the last ten seconds). POTC 3 was a marked improvement thanks to Rush. I'd like to see Sparrow and Barbosa go head-to-head again, a battle of wits - that's what made the first so watchable. Less of Depp's tomfoolery and more bad ass Barbosa and I'm sold.

  • June 3, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Tommy, what's a gun doin in your trousers?

    by Annie The Pod Racer

    It's me sword, Cap'n Jack.

  • June 3, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Whoo hoo

    by fitzcarraldo2

    The first film was enjoyable for Depp's excellent performance. If it weren't for him it would have been turgid, especially with shop dummy Orlando bloom in the lead role. The second and third films burned up a lot of Depp's credit in my eyes. A fourth? Now he's just plain selling out. How much money does he need?

  • June 3, 2010, 1:16 p.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

    First one was really imaginative, and included some solid Caribbean scenery. The next two films had the characters traveling all the fuck over the place. I thought they were "Pirates of the CARIBBEAN". Not fucking Shanghai or the Arctic circle.

  • June 3, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

    That's another reason why the first one was great. Pirates vs. British, and then a "ghost ship" as the third party in a Mexican standoff. The fucking Davy Jones lobster men stuff just got really goofy for me. I thought the Jack Davenport character was rather tragic for a fucking popcorn movie. Here's a guy who's been stationed halfway around the world from his home, with no family around him, and the only thing he has in his life is his job and his pure love for the governor's daughter. He was a fucking gentleman, dammit. And he got FUCKED in the end and died a heroic death.

  • June 3, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Stephen Graham is a BADASS!

    by JethroBodine

    Stephen Graham is a BADASS! This guys got some SERIOUS chops, although he's rarely been in a position here in the US to display them. I keep hoping that he'll eventually be seen in the US as something more than sidekick material, but alas so far he's only been allowed to play second-fiddle roles, or roles where he doesn't speak much or never speaks at all. SHAME ON YOU HOLLYWOOD! It makes me sad to see guys with immense talent like his get relegated to second-banana work when guys like Colin Farrell and Timothy Olyphant get sweet gig after sweet gig HANDED to them. Hollywood PLEASE don't turn him into another Andy Devine. DON'T SQUANDER HIS TALENT. USE IT!

  • June 3, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST

    So Betty White just called...

    by EddieMurphysLaugh

  • June 3, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Oh No Tommy, This One's Tip-Top

    by Crow3711

    It's just I'm not sure about the color.

  • June 3, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST

    I forgot all about...

    by JethroBodine

    I forgot all about Ian McShane being in this movie. Ok it's good that they have been smart enough to put McSchane and Graham in the same movie, but they need to be put in a film that actually lets them chew up the scenery, and I'm afraid that a 4th outing in a Pirates franchise ain't the kind of film that I'm looking for.

  • June 3, 2010, 1:27 p.m. CST

    So the sidekick gets a sidekick of his own

    by terry1978

    I know in the first few movies he was more of a Han Solo, but apparently Bloom's character was the protagonist....yeah, I know.

  • June 3, 2010, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Could be cool

    by Kremzeek

    Loved the 1st, of course. The 2nd was great once they left Cannibal Island (truth be told, the whole first 30 minutes of that film is unnecessary and serves only to "find" Jack again - bad writing), and the 3rd... well, it started out ok and had some moments, but completely lost me from "Jack in Purgatory" onward. Very disappointing. But I have hopes for the 4th. Looking forward to no more Liz Swan/Will Turner storyline as well. That overstayed its welcome.

  • June 3, 2010, 1:33 p.m. CST

    I rep da pirates' movies hard!

    by Blaguyver815

    Da POTC were pretty pretty good but they will b even better now that dat tramp Orlando Bloom has "left the building", though I wouldn't b opposed 2 more "action" scenes doe,on another note, I grew up watchin "Golden Girls" wit my mom and grandma, and it's kinda sad dat Rue Mccalahan(prolly not spelled my bad) has passed,RIP, Betty White is da last 1 standin,god bless her

  • June 3, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST

    No Kraken, no deal

    by Anything But Tangerines

    no kidding

  • June 3, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Will Barbossa be back? Will anyone be back?

    by RPLocke

    It's not a Pirates movie with one Pirate.

  • June 3, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST

    would prefer Tommy from Trainspotting

    by KonkBob

  • June 3, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Rush confirmed for POTC4

    by RainesMaker

    Rush Limbaugh that is...

  • June 3, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Has anyone seen THIS IS ENGLAND?

    by brokentusk

    Stephen Graham was phenomenal in that.

  • June 3, 2010, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Hasn't Depp already found the fountain of youth?

    by HapaPapa72

    Sucker doesn't age! The media lies; clean living gets you nowhere! Then again, I heard he finally quit smoking not too long ago.

  • June 3, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Stephen Graham is brilliant

    by DonLogan

    i'm most looking forward to Shane Meadows series 'This is England 86', I think it's already been filmed as i saw a picture of Ian Brown on the set as a security guard or postman or something.

  • June 3, 2010, 4:04 p.m. CST

    I really, really enjoy this franchise.

    by RandySavage

    There is something (many things) about the PotC movies that make them much more re-watchable for me than most other big-budget franchises and I'm trying to put my finger on it. <P> The first and biggest thing is that I really love the world that the film-makers created: the real history-meets-storybook fantasy with a aged-in-oak visual patina akin to another favorite movie world, Indiana Jones. Like Jones, there are endless possibilities for ongoing adventures both supernatural and historical in this world. <P> -The cinematography/locations/effect are often rich & beautiful. <P> -The music, particularly in film III is excellent. <P> -Most of the major characters are interesting, likable and/or charismatic, particularly Sparrow, Barbossa, Norrington & Davy Jones. <P> I will acknowledge the films aren't perfect and could use a little more tightening up and little less forced humor/comic relief between bumbling duos. But there are no recent big budget, epic movies that I find as enjoyably re-watchable as this series ('At World's End' being my favorite). <P> That said, bring on Swedgin and part 4.

  • June 3, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Why POTC: On Stranger Tides might actually be good...

    by DoctorTom

    The clue is in the title - they bought the rights for Tim Powers' On Stranger Tides so that they could turn it into a POTC movie. Of course, they'll probably lose a lot of the best stuff from it, but there's still a fighting chance that the movie won't just throw out the best parts of the book. Heck, it's probably a triumph that they've actually got a novel to start an adaptation from and not just a Disney ride like before!

  • June 3, 2010, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Human digestive system ain't had time to get used to cow's milk.

    by CreasyBear

    Fuck me, Tommy. What HAVE you been reading?

  • June 3, 2010, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Agreed brokentusk, Graham was incredible in This Is England...

    by Cliffhung

    He blew me away in that movie. I never expected that after seeing him play small sidekick roles in Snatch, gangs of New York, etc. If POTC 3 wasn't the only movie I've ever walked out of I might be excited to see Graham in POTC 4 - hopefully this will lead to more large roles in big movies.

  • June 3, 2010, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Humans are the

    by Star Hump

    only creatures that drink milk past infancy. It's ludricous. You don't need it. It just fills you with mucous.

  • June 3, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

    D'ya like dags?

    by I_shot_Cyrus

    Tommy: Who took the jam outta your doughnut? Turkish: You took the fucking jam outta my doughnut, Tommy. You did.

  • June 3, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Humans are also the

    by RandySavage

    only creatures that build civilizations, create art, and fly to the moon. <p>And it all happened after we started drinking milk past infancy.

  • June 3, 2010, 9:14 p.m. CST

    The milk bit is a quote from Snatch. Stephen Graham's line.

    by CreasyBear

    I'm not randomly spouting science non sequiturs. Though maybe I should. It could be my "thing", like the "Who are the ad wizards" guy.

  • June 3, 2010, 10:08 p.m. CST

    I love 1, 2, and 3

    by ballyhoo

    So I'm naturally hopeful about On Stranger Tides. But I'm still worried about what we'll get without Verbinski leading the way.

  • June 3, 2010, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Was, "Pirates Of The Caribbean:

    by CellarDweller

    On Who Gives A Shit Tides" too long a title?

  • June 3, 2010, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Scram. Scam

    by PTSDPete

    See what they did there.

  • June 3, 2010, 11:40 p.m. CST

    The first POTC war boring as hell.

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Part 2 on the other hand was great fun.

  • June 3, 2010, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Still wish the film was set in our time on a cruiseship

    by TheJudger

    With Capt. Jack as a preforming himself under the guise of a stage actor for the tourist. The stage play pretty much recounts the seas adventures of his that we know a final adventure we didnt get to see about his quest for eternal youth. He swear these adventures be true as much as a rum drinker can recall. I guess that kind of story would be a lot like Baron Munchausen and Robert Ford. Everyone thinks he just a really good liar/actor. Until a sudden storm finds the ship lost in a black rain in a black sea with an ancient enemy attacking/ boarding onto the cruise ship. <P>Whatever the film is now. I think it's a mistake!!!!!

  • June 4, 2010, 12:02 a.m. CST


    by TheJudger

    With Capt. Jack preforming himself under the guise of a stage actor for the cruise ships tourist. The stage play recounts the seas adventures of his that we know and it ends with a final adventure we didnt get to see about his quest for eternal youth. He swear these adventures be as true, as a constantly drunk rum drinker can recall. I guess that kind of story would be a lot like Baron Munchausen and Robert Ford. Everyone thinks he's just a really good liar/actor. Until a sudden storm finds the ship lost in a black rain in a black sea with an ancient enemy attacking/boarding onto the cruise ship looking for Capt Jack. Whatever the film is now. I think it's a mistake!!!!!

  • June 4, 2010, 1:08 a.m. CST

    DonLogan..whoa whoa what?

    by TheWaqman

    Shane Meadows making a TV series? Holy fuuuuck! Also, I second the Stephen Merchant is great comment. Really talented actor. Should be a fun character, hopefully.

  • June 4, 2010, 1:26 a.m. CST

    This is based on the Tim Powers Novel!!

    by Lang The Cat

    Blackbeard, voodoo, human sacrifice. Now Tim Powers is a brilliant author (Neil Gaiman good) and I just happen to be re-reading this novel right now. I wonder if they will have Mr. Shandy and his Puppets.

  • June 4, 2010, 1:34 a.m. CST

    Will there be actual piracy in this one?

    by Dingbatty

  • June 4, 2010, 3:10 a.m. CST

    Pirates 4: Me To Poop On

    by Dr Gregory House

    Nah, I'll see the motherfucker.

  • June 4, 2010, 3:12 a.m. CST

    Tommy the tit is praying

    by Broseph

    and if he isn't he fuckin should be.he's a descent actor.liked him in gangs of ny and public enemies

  • June 4, 2010, 3:48 a.m. CST

    re: TheWaqman

    by DonLogan

    this is taken from the Shane Meadows website messageboard posted by Shane himself. <br> This Is England 86....<br> Post by shanemeadows on Jan 6, 2010, 7:33am<br> "This is England 86" is the new and final (probably) title for the series. Me and Jack Thorn have just put the final touches to the 4 scripts and I am now proud to say that it is finally finished. Channel 4 have greenlit it, though there are still a few minor details to sort out and we look set to shoot at the end of March, beginning of April. To be broadcast later in the year on C4! The Cast (who haven't been cut, died or had a sex change) should get the scripts sent out very soon so they can see what has become of themselves! For fans of the film, all I can say at this point is that Milky is Alive, Combo Returns and Woody is now Climbing the Management ladder at Quick Save and About to Marry Lol. The rest is Top Secret!

  • June 4, 2010, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Watch This is England.

    by Knuckleduster

    Stephen Graham is a damn good actor.

  • June 4, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Star Hump...

    by Rameses

    Cats like a bowl of milk!In fact a lot of animals drink milk if they can get it.They just dont know how to milk cows

  • June 4, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST


    by RETURN_of_FETT

    although I adore the first film and enjoy the second, the third is completely irredeemable.</p><p>Only a brainless amoeba that drools and tard claps at all special effects could possibly find anything worthwhile in At World's End because it is indisputably utter fucking trash.</p><p>I hold no hope for On Stranger Tides to be any better.

  • June 4, 2010, 4:54 p.m. CST

    No matter what movie I see "TOMMY" in..

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    I always go "it's fucking Tommy.Love that guy".he will always be tommy.Funny, cuz he almost made me forget who he was in Public Enemies.

  • June 4, 2010, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Loved the first two...

    by Jaka

    ...liked the third one, genuinely excited to see where they can take the concept without it being tide to the previous characters (other than Depp as Captain Jack, of course).

  • June 5, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST

    This boat's gonna be washed down in 15 minutes...

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • June 5, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST

    So is this Jack Sparrow's time traveling boat?

    by MrMysteryGuest

    ...where he trades it in for 4-door compact car?