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May 22, 2011

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’: Johnny Depp can’t see the appeal of 3-D — literally

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Johnny Depp at the "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. (Getty)

When it comes to 3-D,  Johnny Depp just can’t see the appeal — literally.

The star of the new 3-D spectacle “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” — as well as last year’s billion-dollar hit “Alice in Wonderland” — says that due to an eyesight defect, the stereoscopic effect of 3-D cinematic images is lost on him.

“I’ve never seen the movies in 3-D,” Depp said. “I actually can’t see in 3-D. I’ve got a bum eye. So I’ve never been able to watch the movies and see what everybody else sees.

“I don’t see things normally, I never have. I wouldn’t know what 3-D was if it hit me in the face. I’m more interested in 4-D and 5-D anyway. I’ll just bypass the 3 and go straight to the 4 and the 5.”

The 47-year-old may have issues with depth perception but he doesn’t lack viewpoints on 3-D. He praised old pal Gore Verbinski director of “Rango” and the first three “Pirates” films as well as the upcoming Lone Ranger project – for resisting the studio pressure to convert the film to 3-D to exploit the box-office benefits.

“We’re in the thick of this kind of 3-D craze, which I guess is all right if it’s necessary, and if it enhances the film in some way,” Depp said. “If it really adds something, then cool, but I thought it was beautiful that Gore resisted it for ‘Rango,’ it would have been the wrong choice for that movie. Gore did ‘Rango,’ watched and basically what he told me was, ‘I just didn’t think it needed 3-D.’ Not everyone is approaching it that way. I thought that was great. I’m sure studios are screaming for it but sometimes you need to resist that.”

– Geoff Boucher

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