[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ifteen years after the release of the first film of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, the writers revealed that Jack Sparrow has been inspired by shades of Lord Krishna. ‘
Captain Jack Sparrow, a fictional character played by Johnny Depp in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, was first seen in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, which was released in 2003.
Post the success of the film’s first instalment, the makers announced the trilogy of the series with Dead Man’s Chest, At World’s End and On Stranger Tides. Depp’s character was created by screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio.
Ted Elliott, one of the screenwriters for Jack Sparrow’s character, said, “Jack Sparrow’s character in Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the most integral part of the film. The characterisation of Sparrow is based on Lord Krishna who is a major deity in Hinduism. While writing the character sketch of Jack Sparrow, we referred to the description of Lord Krishna, various shades of the Almighty, which helped us a lot in making the whole character of Jack Sparrow into existence”.
In the films, Sparrow is one of the nine pirate lords in the Brethren Court, the Pirate Lords of the Seven Seas. He can be treacherous and survives mostly by using wit and negotiation rather than by force. Similarly, Lord Krishna is listed as the 57th name in the Vishnu Sahasranama who defeated with his wit and bravery.
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