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Gore Verbinski on Pirates Exhaustion

Published July 5, 2006 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Disney.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest- Gore Verbinski Gore Verbinski on set of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Gore Verbinski is already such a mild mannered, soft spoken guy, when he’s in the middle of making two blockbuster sequels, he becomes almost mute. With Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest ready to hit theaters, Verbinski need only worry about the remaining 70 days of shooting Pirates of the Caribbean 3.

Gore Verbinski on Pirates of the Caribbean


“[I’m] starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Verbinski said. “But, you know, my wife said, ‘You’re no longer the architect. You’re the contractor.’ And I think that sort of how you feel when you show up everyday, 200 days of shooting. You really are in the salt mines. You get up, you get on a bus, you drive, you go, you shoot, you gaff, you go home and you remain inspired because of the people that you’ve surrounded yourself with.”

It doesn’t hurt that you’re shooting in the Caribbean. “It would be more of a [grind] if you weren’t in Dominica, and then in St. Vincent, and today we’re doing bone cages and tomorrow we are doing a four page dialogue scene and then we are back on the wheel. We are in storms. There is a lot of real low-tech filmmaking going on even though we have Davey Jones and you have these visual effects. There is a lot of this movie where you take a boat out to sea and if it’s raining everyone huddles under an umbrella and they clean off the lenses and it’s hand held with a bounce board. It’s not clinical. There is like salt that you have to clean out all the cameras with q-tips. It’s a bit of a rush every day. It would be a nightmare if it was all on stage and you drove to Burbank every day. It’s kind of invigorating and the ocean in particular, kind of spraying in your face in the morning or taking a boat to a location. You wake up.”



Caribbean weather required a lot of patience. “We just waited it out. When we were in the Bahamas we were in this area called White’s Key which is just this bit of sand that fluttered every day. Half of the day it was underwater by about a foot and half the day it wasn’t. And we just went there with handheld cameras and we had to shoot where they find the chest and the sword fight on the beach. Beautiful location, but it would rain and here comes the rain. You’d see it like four miles away. It was a grey thing that would come and everyone would huddle up and jus wait it out. Just standard Caribbean shooting.”


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest opens to theatres this Friday, July 7th.

For pics, movie stills, posters, trailers, TV spot, more interviews, movie info and synopsis, go to the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Movie Page.

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