There really isn't a soundtrack to this film, as there's no songs involving voice singing; however, the score had some pretty prominent composers devote some work to it! Hans Zimmer and Klaus Badelt are credited for the score; however, they received some assistance from Geoff Zanelli and Ramin Djawadi. Of course, everyone knows the famous track "He's a Pirate" (look it up, you know it, you just didn't know that was the title), but there's much more to the soundtrack then that one famous song. Much of the soundtrack is based off of the attractions, like the movie, and if you ride the attraction enough, you'll hear songs from the film there. Unfortunately, the music wasn't nominated for any major awards for the 2003 award season, but that's not to say it's not a good score!
The cast of Pirates of the Caribbean is what really drew crowds to the theater. Captain Jack Sparrow was orignally created for Hugh Jackman, however Disney officials wanted someone more popular so they contacted Johnny Depp to bring the character to life. Along with Depp, Disney brought in Orlando Bloom, who was beloved as Legolas in the Lord of the Rings series, to play Will Turner. Kiera Knightley would be the major newcomer of the film as she would play the "damsel in distress" and Will Turner's love interest. At this point, Geoffrey Rush was a pretty well known actor, but playin Barbosa in Pirates skyrocketed his career. Out of this star studded cast, one man rose above to absolutely steal the show in what is, no doubt, the best work of his illustrious career: Johnny Depp. Depp would be nominated for numerous awards for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow including the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, as well as the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture. He would go on to win the BAFTA Award for Best Actor, the SAG award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor, the Empire Award for Best Actor, and the MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance. The entire cast returned for the 2nd and 3rd installments of the film; however due to contract disputes, Bloom and Knightley refused to work the 4th film. Thankfully, in the newest installment, Dead Men Tell No Tales, Knightley and Bloom both return and look to back for the foreseeable future.
|Depp and Bloom at the premiere of Pirates|
Kevin Scott is a contributing writer for The Mouse Knows Best Podcast. He is self proclaimed Disney addict and oftentimes annoys his family with how much he talks Disney. He enjoys walking around all Disney Parks and taking as many pictures as he can in one day. When he isn't at Walt Disney World, he is working to get back or re-watching Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars movie. His spirit animal is a mix between Simba and Kylo Ren with a dash of Tony Stark. You can find him on Twitter @doubleoh_kevin and on Instagram @waltdisneyduo.