One of Johnny Depp’s most beloved roles almost went to another actor.

Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp covers the Jan. 2011 issue of Vanity Fair Magazine, in which he opens up to rock legend Patti Smith about playing the swashbuckler Jack Sparrow and working with Angelina Jolie. Depp reveals that Disney initially couldn’t stand his portrayal of Sparrow…but they soon changed their minds.

“They couldn’t stand him. They just couldn’t stand him. I think it was Michael Eisner, the head of Disney at the time, who was quoted as saying, ‘He’s ruining the movie.’ Upper-echelon Disney-ites, going, What’s wrong with him? Is he, you know, like some kind of weird simpleton? Is he drunk? By the way, is he gay?… And so I actually told this woman who was the Disney-ite… ‘But didn’t you know that all my characters are gay?’ Which really made her nervous.”

The handsome actor stars alongside Jolie in the new dramatic-thriller The Tourist and admitted he was initially wary about working with her with her as he wasn’t sure what she’d be like.

“Meeting her and getting to know her was a real pleasant surprise. You don’t know what she might be like – if she has any sense of humour at all. I was so pleased to find that she is incredibly normal, and has a wonderfully kind of dark, perverse sense of humor.”

Johnny was so impressed with Angelina, he even likened to another legendary leading lady, Dame Elizabeth Taylor.

“I’ve had the honor and the pleasure and gift of having known Elizabeth Taylor for a number of years. You know, you sit down with her, she slings hash, she sits there and cusses like a sailor, and she’s hilarious. Angie’s got the same kind of thing, you know, the same approach.”

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