When we last saw Henry Turner he was standing on a cliff with his mom, watching the horizon for his dad. Ten years later we find him trying to find a way to break his father's curse. During the interview with Henry Turner, Brenton Thwaites, we learned what it was like to step into the Pirates world as a newcomer, the son of the strong-willed, Elizabeth and Will, and how difficult it was to play opposite Johnny Depp!
We had to laugh when Brenton shared how Javier tried to prepare him for his time with us. When Javier asked where the daddies were, Brenton told him exactly what we did, they are home with the kids!
Henry has a lot to live up to in regards to his parents. Did that make it more difficult to play Henry?
I feel like it was kinda easier than not having them, because they provided such a backstory for my character.
The goal and obligation of my character has already been set and that kind of gives Henry a lot more drive and focus for the whole movie.
What was it like working opposite of Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow?
Terrifying. (Laughter, Brenton shrugs laughing himself.) It's always terrifying. (Laughter) Because you never know what he is going to say or do. (Laughter)
You are always entering a scene thinking, this guy knows five movies worth of Jack Sparrow and he's so on the ball. You just anticipate what he's going to do and say. That's great, because as an actor it improves your acting in the sense that you are always open, free, and relaxed to go with the flow. But it's also pretty terrifying. (Laughter)
He must have been trying to make you laugh!
Every scene. (Laughter) If you guys look closely, me and Kaya behind the scenes are like this (makes face trying not to laugh) (Laughter) Just trying not to laugh.
Sounds like we might see some on the bloopers reel.
Yes. A lot of looking down and away, shaking. (Laughter)
On being a newcomer:
I think they did value my input as a newcomer. There were so many different characters coming into this one to make it a fresh, new thing. All the old school dudes really wanted to make it fresh and exciting and something they hadn't done before.
I love that he essentially called Johnny, Geoffrey, and Jerry “old school dudes.”
Winning Breakthrough Performer of the Year:
It's great. When I first heard of Cinema Con and that I was to get that award, I had no idea what it was. I did a bit of research and looked at the guys that had received that award in the past 5/10 years. And I went wow! I don't think I'm that caliber of actor.
When Brenton described walking onto the set for the first time it was not what we were expecting. He got right to the realness of day one!
I was thinking wow, it's really rained. (Laughter) My first day on set it had been pouring for weeks. Everything was covered in mud. They used it in the movie, which is really cool and dramatic and adds to the dirtiness of the pirates' world. I remember thinking, I'm going to have to get some new shoes. (Laughter)
I had a scene where Henry is hiding behind a pillar and he's spying on Jack Sparrow. I remember thinking “wow, what a perfect way to start the movie” to see Jack Sparrow drinking rum in the middle of the street and a whole parade of red soldiers trying to catch him.
On seeing the final product of the film:
The visual effects side of things, in this one, mostly behind the actors' consciousness. In Maleficent there was a lot of work we would have to do with our imaginations to be specifically creating creatures that weren't there. On Pirates, we were lucky because all of Javier's makeup, the ghosts were there, they looked fantastic. The sets were real. They had beautiful set pieces that allowed us to play and feel like we were actually in the space.
I was surprised to see Javier's hair. (Laughter) The CGI is mainly in the background which gave this great depth of feel when you watch it.
It wasn't just all work and no play. Brenton did not bring his own skateboard, but decided to borrow one instead. At least until they caught him riding it!
The swords master had an electric skateboard and I tried it once. And you could sense the whole studio thinking “Get Brenton off that skateboard.” (Laughter)
He also told us that Javier would strip off his costume and go in the sea to play. We all hope that makes it into the bloopers!
Brenton hopes the audience will connect with the film. It truly has something for everyone.
I just hope they are entertained. It's the kind of movie that never loses its drive. And has so many action pieces, set pieces, comedic elements, romance, supernatural, there is something for everyone in this movie. I hope everyone takes something from it and connects with the characters.
Let's be honest for a minute. If you or I was on a movie set like Dead Men Tell No Tales we would want to take a souvenir home. It would definitely be hard not to accidentally, on purpose, leave with a trinket or five.
(Mischievous look and Laughter) If this ever gets back to the producer, I would have liked to have taken a rowboat. I told her (my mom) before we wrapped the movie that I would bring a rowboat home and make a veggie garden out of it. (Aww! So Sweet)
We all promised to tweet that to the producer. And you should too. Let's get Brenton that rowboat for his mom!
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is in theaters now! Get your tickets today!
I was invited by Disney for a special press trip to share my experience of Pirates with my readers. All opinions are my own. Interview photos courtesy of Louise of MomStart.com
Can’t wait to see it again this weekend!! Especially after the press junket, I feel like I need to look for when Brenton and Kaya may be trying to hold back laughter in their scenes with Johnny.
Lillian (Briones) Moffitt
This sounds like so much fun. “Old school dudes” made me laught. Great interview.
I didn’t know that Elizabeth and Will’s son was named Henry, how cool! Now I’m even more excited to see this movie!
Author Brandi Kennedy
I have pretty much loved the whole Pirates franchise – I can’t wait to see this movie! This was a great interview, too; it’s always neat getting to see what the stars think of what it’s like to make movies.
This movie sounds like a lot of fun! I need to check it out with my family. This was a great interview.
I am so excited for this movie! I love learning of any behind the scenes stories, it really allows me to enjoy the movie even more.
OMG, I always thought about what it would be like to act and be involved in the making of something people love to get lost in. I would be totally scared and excited to work with Johnny Depp Also!
This is a great interview. You must have been so excited to go and do it. I am looking forward to seeing this movie with my girlfriends for girls night.
It looks like you had such a great time! And Henry looks so handsome. I can’t wait to see this movie!
What a great interview. It looks like you really enjoyed yourself. It’s always getting to know a little bit more behind the scenes. I am dying to see this movie. I cannot be patient any longer!
That sounds like an awesome and fun interview. I can’t wait to watch this movie soon. I’m sure it will be great.
Ohhh, I had no idea that a new movie was out. I didn’t realise the ones made after the first one were big enough of a hit to keep going.
I am so excited to go and see the movie. I’m not sure I’ll be able to make it there this weekend but want to see it next weekend. It looks like it is going to be a great movie!
Can’t wait to see it again this weekend!! wow what an awesome opportunity to interview him. happy that he won breakthrough of the year. didnt know he was acting here. i like him.
hahhaha johnny is an old school dude but hes young at heart
What a wonderful interview and so much fun for you guys. Looking forward to catching this with my kids!
This makes me want to go out and see the movie! It seemed you had a great interview with him!
i would love to go on a disney press trip. looks so nice and lovely having an interview up close and personal like this!
Oh my goodness, I can not wait to see this film! SO EXCITED!
Oh lucky you! I love the Pirates franchise and of course I will check out Salazar’s revenge 🙂
He sounds like a lovely young man and I’m sure he did amazing in the movie! I can’t wait to watch this latest installment in the franchise!
This is pretty cool. Wow, he’s grown so much. it’s so funny to see actors grow up in roles it’s like they’re an extended part of your family. I haven’t seen the new Pirates yet but, I see it did really well this weekend, of course.. Hopefully I’ll have time to catch it next weekend.