This is your brain on Captain Jack Sparrow.
During a recent speaking engagement, Johnny Depp revealed that he may have literally boiled his brain by spending way too much time rehearsing lines in a sauna.
While discussing his secret to getting in character for the iconic pirate, the Pirates of the Caribbean star explained:
“Captain Jack was actually born in a sauna—my sauna. I figured this is a guy who has been on the high seas for probably all of his life, the majority of his life at least, and therefore probably dealt with a lot of inescapable heat to the brain.”
So, what’s a dedicated actor to do? Turn up the heat to its max temperature of 1,000 degrees and let his brain melt into Sparrow stew.
“I sat in there for as long as I could until it started to affect me mentally. Which is to say, it was very, very hot, as was my brain… And then what happened is while I was in there, in that kind of heat you cannot stand still, but the worst of it is if you move, it kills you. So that in itself sort of gave me… yeah, like his brain has been part-boiled to some degree.”
Well, that would certainly explain Johnny boy’s occasional inability to speak properly, let alone other possible health issues.
But the 55-year-old said it also allowed him to mimic the sensation of walking on a ship, so… worth it??
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