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From Whitey to Wolf: Johnny Depp's Character Inspirations

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Sparrow's basis in Keith Richards is so well-known it even led to the Rolling Stones guitarist appearing in Pirates of the Caribbean's 2007 and 2011 sequels as Sparrow's father, but there's another icon that Depp borrowed from to create the Oscar-nominated character. "What I loved about Pepe Le Pew was this guy who was absolutely convinced that he's a great ladies man," he told IGN. "The cat clearly despises him, but Pepe Le Pew takes it as sort of a, 'She's just playing hard to get. She's shy. Poor thing.' I always loved a character like that, just blinders no matter what the actual reality is happening around him. This guy sees only what he wants to see."