Depp Wants Richards As His Pirates Papa

Depp Wants Richards As His Pirates Papa
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05/04/2004 9:00AM

PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive, Johnny Depp, wants one of rock's Shakiest Men Alive, Keith Richards, to play his father in the sequel to Depp's hugely successful swashbuckler adventure, Pirates of the Caribbean, reports Britain's ITV.

Depp displayed more swish than swash as the drunken sailor in last summer's hit, which earned him a Best Actor Oscar nomination. But all along, Depp, 40, said he modeled his Jack Sparrow pirate character after the Rolling Stone wildman.

As he told the BBC when Pirates came out: "I didn't want to do an imitation of Keith, or a character study, just a kind of salute to him, you know, to show him I appreciate him. I was thinking about the pirates of the 18th century, about how they were the rock stars of their day. So I thought: Who's the greatest rock and roll star who ever lived? And to me, it's Keith Richards hands down."

Now, the actor is reportedly trying to woo Richards, 60, to play Sparrow's father in the proposed sequel, which is meant to start shooting next year. Depp reportedly would even settle for a Richards cameo.

Meanwhile, the first movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, which hit home video last Christmas, is leading the nominees for this year's MTV Movie Awards.

It's up for six awards, including best movie, best villain (Geoffrey Rush), breakthrough female (Keira Knightley) and, for Depp, best male, best comedic performance and best on-screen team (with Orlando Bloom).

The 2004 MTV Movie Awards air June 10 at 9 p.m. ET.

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