Mackenzie Crook has officially turned down the offer to reprise his role as Ragetti in “Pirates of the Caribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” Why has he turned down the offer to reprise his most recognizable character? Read on for the full scoop.
Ragetti and Pintel are not going to reappear in the next installment of “The Pirates of the Caribbean.” The tinier half of the duo, Ragetti is going to go missing in action, because the actor who portrayed him, Mackenzie Crook, is bored of doing the same thing over and over again and is committed to focusing his energies in newer and more interesting projects like the “Detectorists,” where he plays a guy who puts his metal detector to good use—he uses it to scour the English terrain to find buried treasure.
“When it comes down to it, it’s a choice between doing a character again that I first did 12 years ago – and it’s a little part in a big Hollywood movie – or doing my own passion project,” Crook told the press candidly.
Well, that little character in the big Hollywood movie made him a modern day icon and won him legions of fans. Who doesn’t remember Ragetti’s wooden eye that works exactly like a regular once he pops it in the eye socket. And let us not forget the hilarious running jokes with Ragetti and Pintel playing the fools.
Goodness, it’s been 12 years since the first Pirate movie? We didn’t notice that a decade has passed; the story is still fresh and exciting enough to make us rush to the theater to watch the fifth part.
Johnny Depp jokingly said that the Pirates franchise will wind down soon; it will not continue to spawn movies the way the James Bond franchise did. But we believe that it would be a shame if it didn’t.
The Star did an extensive piece on Mackenzie Crook, which includes a candid interview and a few jokes. It’s a good piece; we recommend that you read it.
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