Disney doesn’t condone drug use – not to mention like it when one of the stars of its upcoming movie offers free advice on how to get high without risking your health. As such, it wants Keith Richards out of “Pirates 4.”
Shortly after the veteran rocker confirmed that he would be reprising his role as Cpt. Jack Sparrow’s father in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” it has emerged that Disney will probably be cutting him out.
As it turns out, the movie studio is not happy with Richards’ take on drugs in his biography, more specifically the details he gives about how he’s learned to get high without risking his sanity, Worst Previews says, citing ongoing reports.
Because that’s an image Disney doesn’t want to be associated with, it is seriously considering cutting out of the film all of Richards’ scenes.
“Apparently, the musician's new book, ‘Life,’ talks about things that Disney doesn't agree with, like teaching people that using high-quality drugs in moderation is a safe way to get stoned,” Worst Previews says.
“It's not only the high quality of drugs I had that I attribute my survival to. I was very meticulous about how much I took,” Richards reportedly writes.
“I'd never put more in to get a little higher. That's where most people [expletive] up on drugs,” the rocker says in the same paragraph that reportedly sparked the ire of Disney.
As noted above, this reported fallout with Disney comes short on the heels of Richards confirming that he’d be back to the franchise by reprising the role of Captain Teague, Captain Jack Sparrow’s father.
However, whether Disney actually needed a book to find out that Richards did heavy drugs is debatable, as Worst Previews also notes. The studio must have known this since before it asked him to appear on “Pirates.”
In 2007, for instance, Richards said in an interview he’d snorted his father’s ashes with cocaine, while also offering plenty of details of the many times he’d come close to ODing.