February 8, 2004

The Sparrow and the Marquis -- Part I

Johnny Depp's Oscar nomination last week for his sublime performance as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Carribbean happened to remind myself and my co-editors, Kallisti and Melusine, of the bizarre contention of Kallisti and myself (as well as a few of the Marquis's other friends we happen to know of) that Johnny Depp seemed to us almost as if he were channelling out Marquis in that role. Especially for the first swaggering 15 minutes that the character appears in the movie.

This was something observed originally by Kallisti, who was first among us to have seen the movie. She had mentioned the amusing coincidence offhandedly to me at a gathering last summer. Thus, when I happened to have seen the movie a few weeks later myself, I recognized at once exactly which part of the movie and especially which gestures had prompted her observation. I found myself thinking during the film, "She's absolutely right! Swear that's practically our Marquis that Depp is doing up on the screen right there. Oooh, and there, too."

Of course, we know this is not in actuality the case, and I've even read since then of the well-known people Depp claims to have been drawing from in order to form the base of his character performance. I forget offhand who those people were said to be, because that information, despite being factual, is nevertheless incidental to our particular fanciful contention.

Kallisti and I did ask Melusine quite a long while ago whether or not she'd seen this movie, and if she had, did she happen to agree with our contention or not. She had not then seen the movie yet, but said she'd look out for the resemblance if and when she ever did.

Thus, when Depp's performance for this movie was brought up in the news last week and lauded with a nomination, we were reminded of this whole thing once again. So, we asked Melusine again whether she had seen the movie yet.

She had not, but agreed she would have to and wanted to soon.

Then we began a casual debate amongst ourselves whether or not to post about this phenomenon (as we took to calling it) here in our SepulchriNews blog, We thought it a funny bit of information that would be likely to highly amuse some of our readers as much as it was amusing us.

"As tempted as I would be to post these observations in the blog," said I in email to Kallisti and Melusine, "my only hesitation is this question: Has anyone actually bothered to inform our dear Marquis that the secret consensus of quite a few of his friends is that a few certain gestures and sway of Capt. Jack Sparrow remind them uncannily of our Marquis? Would he be insulted by learning of this and despise us then for all eternity? Or flattered to a point where the resulting ego-swelling would put even MORE of that special swagger in his step?"

Melusine later that very evening took care of finding out the answer to at least some of that, however, and had even escalated our frivolous musings to the next quasi-logical plateau -- as evidenced by her email reply the day:

"I told the Marquis last night about the Johnny Depp fey swaggering pirate resemblance to him (in Depp's first appearance in the movie) and he is highly curious now to see it. So -- like I predicted, we are arranging a movie night to view Pirates of the Caribbean so we can witness first hand the Johnny Depp Pirate/Marquis phenomenon!"

We chortled at this news, of course. And insisted upon hearing a full review of this particular movie night and the reactions of everyone to our contention. Thus, we've charged Melusine with the task of giving a full report here in SepulchriNews after said movie night has taken place.

We are hoping, too, that the Marquis will join us in discussing this phenomenon, and refute our contention or cop to it himself here as well.

Thus, with mirth and anticipation, we do now await the reviews, which we'll just have to call Part II to this tale.

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What I find most hilarious is Bat's and Kallisti's (and, to a much lesser degree, Melusine's) reticence to inform me of this "phenomenon." I should have thought that at this point in time, after all our combined history, the good editors of Sepulchritude would know their co-editor well enough to surmise that a parallel drawn between him and Mr. Depp -- ESPECIALLY playing a fag pirate!-- could only amuse and titillate.

Arrrrrrr, thailor!

When Melusine informed me of this popular opinion, all in a cloud of deepest mystery of course, I nearly departed the nightclub that instant to procure a copy of said film.

We thought it better to arrange a movie night, however, to take place at my boyfriend's house (he's got the sweet entertainment center). Melusine said she'd cook. "What shall I make? Stuffed manicotti can be quite delicious."

"No, no dear Melusine," I said, "we're watching fag pirates! Nothing but quiche will do! Jalapeņo quiche! Nice n' spicey!"

I'm thinking this Monday evening. Will duly report back.

Posted by: Marquis at February 8, 2004 12:46 PM

My dear Marquis,

We never referred to him as a fag pirate, because he is not as such that at all. Although we can understand why Melusine extrapolated that from our descriptions, as perhaps we didn't make clear the emphasis betwixt the nuances and the literal in making our point. But, as y'all know, there's a world of literal possibilities that can lie between fey and fag. As in this case.

Or to borrow a line from the movie, "Clearly, you've never been to Singapore."

And it wasn't reticence but more laziness that pre-empted us from telling you. As we've been chortling about it for months, and so my "Has anybody bothered to tell the Marquis?" was merely as inquiry as to wondering just that. As it seemed, indeed, someone should have. So, now, we have!

Mwah! Enjoy the movie!

Posted by: Bat at February 9, 2004 1:36 AM

Righty-oh. The film has been rented and viewed as of last night. And I am loathe to report that ... I just don't see it. Of course, a person will always deny likeness of himself drawn to another, except perhaps for the rare case of Bat and her long lost sister Pamela.

But I back up my "just don't see it" theory by agreements from The Boyfriend and Melusine who both should certainly know me well enough by now. Although Melusine did admit, "Well, MAYBE when you're drunk. VERY drunk."

Personally, I related more to the world-weary, prissy Commandante with the powdered peruke. He seemed ... just so over it all. He grows veary.

I understand that Mr. Depp borrowed for his role of Sparrow equal parts Keith Richards and Pepe LePew. Perhaps it was the romantic skunk in Depp that reminded you of me?

Posted by: Marquis at February 10, 2004 4:57 PM

Posted by: Bat at February 11, 2004 8:27 PM