Johnny Depp’s clean-shaven face surprises fans as he performs as Pirates of the Caribbean’s Captain Jack Sparrow. Depp began his prolific acting career in 1984 as one of Freddy Krueger’s victims in A Nightmare on Elm Street, and later made a name for himself as the lead role in the original 21 Jump Street series. Over the years, Depp has frequently collaborated with visionary filmmaker Tim Burton and has starred in several of his films, including Edward Scissorhands, Corpse Bride, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Depp’s work has garnered him critical acclaim and multiple accolades, including three Academy Award nominations.
Although Depp has demonstrated his immense range throughout a wide variety of genres, the actor is arguably best known for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Depp’s portrayal of Jack Sparrow was the standout performance of the series and swiftly cemented the unorthodox pirate as one of Depp’s most popular roles. As the face of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Depp’s appearance as Jack Sparrow became a Disney icon, with each detail allowing the character to be instantly identifiable, right down to the pirate’s scraggly braided facial hair.
Perhaps, it’s because of Jack Sparrow’s iconic looks that a new video of Depp is surprising some fans. The video shared by @myjohnnydepp_1 shows Depp performing his Jack Sparrow impression for a fan while completely clean-shaven. While fans in the comments were delighted by Depp’s impression, many were shocked to see the actor without his facial hair, especially as Jack Sparrow. Check out the video above.
Despite his enduring popularity with audiences, Depp’s career has suffered a major setback recently. Due to domestic abuse accusations brought against him by his ex-wife Amber Heard, Warner Bros. asked Depp to step down from the Fantastic Beasts series, and Mads Mikkelsen replaced him in the role of Gellert Grindelwald. Presumably also due to his legal troubles, Disney also released a statement claiming that Depp would not be returning for the yet untitled sixth Pirates of the Caribbean film. Still, despite this statement, Jack Sparrow fans seem eager to see Depp reprise the role.
At this point, it seems unlikely that Depp will return as Jack Sparrow in another Pirates of the Caribbean film. Although Disney changed its mind about firing a controversial personality before when the company rehired James Gunn to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, that course of action wouldn’t bring Depp back. During Depp and Heard’s highly publicized trial this past summer, the actor claimed he would never return to the role of Jack Sparrow, even if he was offered an exorbitant amount of money. However, Depp continues acting, and fans can still catch his iconic performance in Pirates of the Caribbean on Disney+.