Johnny Depp, Vanity Fair Cover

Vanity Fair

How Jack Sparrow uses his, um, sword was apparently a pretty big concern for Disney.

The Mouse House powers that be initially "couldn't stand" Johnny Depp's flamboyant Captain during filming of the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and squeaked in protest to the quirky actor.

In the new issue of Vanity Fair, the actor recalls the controversy his take on the character created.

"I think it was Michael Eisner, the head of Disney at the time, who was quoted as saying, 'He's ruining the movie.' It was that extreme—memos, and paper trails, and madness, and phone calls, and agents, and lawyers, and people screaming, and me getting phone calls direct from, you know, 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?"

Not surprisingly, Depp's playful reply didn't exactly alleviate the situation.

"I actually told this woman who was the Disney-ite that called me about all that stuff, and asked me the questions, I said to her, 'But didn't you know that all my characters are gay?' Which really made her nervous."

Of course, given the tremendous box-office success of the ridiculously popular film franchise, we're guessing the fingernail-biting over Sparrow's sexual preference stopped a long time ago.

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