THE TRUTH IS OUT! It has been common “knowledge” for years that actor Johnny Depp based his idiosyncratic and affectatious physical and conversational mannerisms and quirks for his Captain Jack Sparrow character from the Pirates Of The Caribbean movies on those of the Rolling Stones’ partially-living legend Keith Richards.
That was always just a ruse by Depp and his people to steer attention away from the actor’s real source, his real real inspiration for Captain Jack Sparrow: Ellen Barkin playing recently-murdered Steve Brooks learning to walk in high heels in his/her recently God-given body as a woman, Amanda Brooks!
And where does all this happen?
In Blake Edwards’ delightful gender-bendering comedy Switch (1991), for which Ms. Barkin was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical.
Alas, she did not win.
The supporting cast includes Perry King as Steve Brooks with Jimmy Smits, JoBeth Williams, Tony Roberts, Bruce Payne as an oleaginously charming devil, and Lorraine Bracco, who plays an out-of-the-closet Lesbian who Steve/Amanda teases with the possibility of his/her new (and untasted) forbidden fruit …
Also alas, the movie made a modest profit and then was all but forgotten by almost everyone.
But not Johnny Depp!
So, check out Switch—it’s funny as all get-out. Hell’s Belles, even Dani liked it!
See Switch and see the truth.
At last …