Belize is still a pirate haven and is run more or less along the lines established centuries ago by the likes of Captain Morgan, Blackbeard, and Captain Barrow.
It’s not everyday you get to do a pirate movie, you might as well go for it.
When I was about 5 I think, I desperately wanted to be a pirate and have the hat and everything.
I was not into sci-fi, science fiction, at all. I was into some of the old pirate films with Burt Lancaster and stuff. I liked them.
I always say, ‘I’m not a pirate, I just play one on TV.’
I have played a boxer, a cowboy, a knight, a prince, an elf and a pirate. I am so glad to have done all of that already.
Pirate ships were built for stealth and invisibility. They filed no manifests with any agency or government. When they went missing or sunk, nobody went looking for them. They simply disappeared into the ether.
A century before the concept took hold in America, pirate ships were democracies. Most captains were elected by crew and could be voted out anytime.
I don’t really know much about pirates, or pirate culture. I’d be a contrarian pirate.
I have more respect for somebody who points at his ideal – in this case, the ideal of the pirate – and then becomes something that’s more radical, more exciting, more subversive than a pirate could ever be.
I am especially fascinated with mermaids, and they are always coming out in pirate stories.
I have a baby that is 21 months old, and I watch Disney Junior with him. A lot of those shows are about pirates. Even the T-shirts and pajamas I buy for him have pirate themes like, ‘Aye-aye, argh and mate.’ But, I definitely grew up watching pirates.