Johnny Depp visited Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital while in Australia, where he was filming scenes for the latest installment of the Pirates of Caribbean franchise (Dead Men Tell No Tales). The actor took a break from shooting and headed to the hospital, along with his co-star Stephen Graham (who plays Scrum), to surprise the children in full costume—both actors stayed in character the whole time.
What’s more, Depp, as the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow, gave each child he met a “gold coin.” The excited children had the opportunity to take photos with him, and he also visited each room to meet the kids who couldn’t get out of bed. The impact his visit had on uplifting the children’s spirits are undoubtedly greater than they could ever imagine.
This is not the actor’s first time using his pirate outfit to do good. When Depp’s daughter, Lily-Rose, fell seriously ill in November 2007, and was admitted to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, Depp donated £1 million out of his own pocket to express his gratitude. He then secretly spent four hours reading stories to patients dressed like Captain Jack Sparrow.
Depp has said in the past that he carries his pirate costume with him often, even when not filming a Pirates film. It isn’t uncommon for him to take time out from his busy schedule to visit children’s hospitals every now and then. “I’ll just sneak in and go and surprise a bunch of kiddies through the different wards,” said Depp. “It basically turns into a two-, three-hour improvisation and it’s really fun. So I travel with Captain Jack.”
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