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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN

Casting (Continued)
Governor Weatherby Swann, portrayed by veteran actor Jonathan Pryce, has his hands full trying to raise his rather unconventional, bold and sometimes downright audacious daughter. He copes by arranging her marriage to the newly appointed commander of the British Naval Fleet in Port Royal, Commodore Norrington, played by Jack Davenport. 

"Elizabeth's father expects her to marry someone of her own stature,” says Verbinski. "Jonathan Pryce does an excellent job. He's not just the arrogant British governor, he's also the concerned father who's trying to do the best he can for his daughter.” 

"It's clear I haven't brought her up very well,” says Pryce in the regretful voice of his character. "Elizabeth is adventurous and refuses to toe the line, and for some unknown reason, she's very attracted to pirates. Will Turner's prospects aren't very good and I'd be much happier if she married Norrington because she'd have a great future as a commodore's wife.” 

Like many of the actors involved in the film, Pryce was attracted by the script, which he says contained "a good deal of wit and intelligence… a great story,” and by the Caribbean location. "I've vacationed here over the years. It's a delight to work in,” he says. "And the Golden Age of Piracy happened right here.” 

Tall, dark and handsome, Jack Davenport is the epitome of the dashing soldier in his role as Commodore Norrington. The English actor has gained a following for his role as Steve Taylor in the popular U.K. comedy series "Coupling.” 

"Jack Davenport really caught the nuance of what it is to conspire to do the right thing, but know that it's not being done under the right circumstances,” says Verbinski. "He's actually one of the strongest characters in the movie and also plays the foil in many comedic moments.” 

Davenport was impressed with the complexities of what could have easily become a stereotypic, onesided character. "Norrington is basically the scourge of piracy in the eastern Caribbean. If you're a pirate and you see me coming, you'd better be scared,” he explains. "What I liked about my character was that he wasn't just a snarling English villain. There was more to him than just looking fierce.” 

Davenport, always quick with a joke, allows, "brocade is hard to make fierce,” referring to his costume. "I saw this picture of Johnny with his bandana and dreadlocks. The pirates just looked so cool,” he laughs. "I've got this ridiculous garb on; I look like an ice cream.” 

With the principal actors in place, the filmmakers then rounded out the cast with an assortment of colorful supporting players. During the casting process, it is commonplace for filmmakers to receive many inquiries from agents and managers soliciting work on behalf of their clientele, but in casting a pirate movie, the level of interest seemed to increase exponentially. Casting Barbossa's crew was particularly time consuming and took the filmmakers and casting director Ronna Kress halfway around the world, from Los Angeles to New York to London. 

"Ronna has a knack not only for finding interesting faces, but for discovering raw talent,” says Bruckheimer. "She is meticulous in casting every character and puts the utmost care and effort into even the smallest roles. Ronna's been an invaluable asset on many of our projects and continues to introduce us to promising new actors.” 

"We got a lot of phone calls,” says Verbinski. "We wanted fresh faces because these characters give a richness to the entire film. When you watch each of these guys, you feel like the film could just take off and start telling that person's story.” 

Barbossa's crew includes Isaac C. Singleton, Jr. as Bo'sun, Lee Arenberg as Pintel, and Mackenzie Crook as Pintel's cohort, Ragetti. Treva Etienne plays Koehler alongside his murderous partner, Twigg, portrayed<

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