Both Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley refused to reprise their roles for the fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” film, prompting talk of the end of the franchise. At least one of them is now regretting the decision.In a new interview to promote his latest work, “The Three Musketeers,” cited by AceShowbiz, Orlando reveals he’s changed his mind about the “Pirates” ever since the fourth installment came out.
In other words, he wouldn’t be exactly opposed to the idea of playing Will Turner again, if he was given the chance – quite the contrary, actually.
“I was quite sad not to be in the fourth and I really miss working on them,” the actor is quoted as saying.
“If they said they wanted me back, of course I’d do it. It’s great to see the franchise still doing well,” Orlando adds, as if he had doubts “Pirates” would live to see another day without himself and Keira.
At the time they announced they would not work on the franchise past a third installment, both Bloom and Knightley said they wanted to pursue other projects, while also take some well-deserved time off work.
Bloom said he wanted to spend more time with his then-girlfriend Miranda Kerr, while Keira said she couldn’t possibly see herself play the Elizabeth character for another year, having gotten all that she could get from it.
While early reports did state that there was a chance Disney might kill the franchise since it had lost two of its leading stars, the movie studio eventually put all trust in Johnny Depp, making him the lead.
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” came out this year and, while panned by critics, it was a hit with audiences, becoming the best selling installment in the entire franchise.
At least two other movies will be made, word has it. Right now, Johnny Depp is said to be in talks for a pay raise.