Scoop: Johnny Depp freaks fans out at Disneyland ‘Pirates’ ride

The real Johnny Depp showed up as Capt. Jack at Disneyland, to park-goers delight. (Courtesy Disney)

The real Johnny Depp showed up as Capt. Jack at Disneyland, to park-goers delight. (Courtesy Disney)

Johnny Depp surprised Disneyland park-goers Wednesday evening when he dressed up as Captain Jack Sparrow aboard the “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride.

Instead of the usual animatronic in Depp’s likeness, visitors were treated to the actual actor reciting lines from the popular film franchise while brandishing his sword at the Anaheim theme park, Variety reports.

This is not the first time Depp has stopped by the ride that inspired 2003’s “Curse of the Black Pearl,” but this is his first appearance during the “Dead Men Tell No Tales” era of his iconic captain’s log.

Some lucky riders were able to capture footage of Depp getting into character on social media. Patricia Marie tweeted, “Life is complete.”

Not too surprisingly, the stunt comes just a month before “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” is set to open in theaters May 26.

The fifth installment of the Disney franchise will see a departure from 2011’s “On Stranger Tides” in an effort to return to the original film’s feel. Also returning will be Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley in their roles as Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann, who were last seen in 2007’s “At World’s End.”

“Tales” also stars Javier Bardem, Kaya Scodelario, Brenton Thwaites, Kevin McNally and Geoffrey Rush.

BACHELOR CRASH UPDATE

Chris Soules of TV’s “Bachelor” fame has a new legal team, which is doing the best it can to deflect bad publicity in the wake of an accident in his home state of Iowa that left Kenneth E. Mosher dead.

On Thursday, People reported that Soules’ retained attorneys Alfredo Parrish, Brandon Brown and Gina Messamer of the Des Moines, Iowa law firm Parrish Kruidenier to represent him. They released a statement asking the public not to prejudge the case based on media coverage.

QUICK TAKES

Denver Dodd — a guy who posted a 50-year-old photo of his Scarlett Johansson-look-alike grandmother Geraldine Dodd when she was 22 — was feeling “awesome” after the actress saw it, and invited his grandma to drink with her at the opening of her upcoming movie. … Whitney Houston‘s long-rumored secret romance with her best friend and assistant Robyn Crawford is touched on the new documentary “Whitney: Can I Be Me,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Actress Jessica Alba is 36. … TV personalities Drew and Jonathan Scott are 39. … Actress Penelope Cruz is 43. … Singer-bassist Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth is 64. … Former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno is 67. … Restaurateur Alice Waters is 73. … Actress-singer Ann-Margret is 76. … Actor Frank Vincent is 80.
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