Johnny Depp Appears as Captain Jack Sparrow on 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Ride

'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Curse'
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Jerry Bruckheimer's Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl has been the most critically acclaimed film in the franchise, winning lead actor Johnny Depp a Screen Actors Guild Award for best actor and starting the franchise with a gross of $305 million domestically. But the sequel, Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest sets the record for the highest grossed film out of the five, earning an impressive $423 million in the U.S. alone. 

The actor surprised Disneyland guests with the Wednesday night appearance.

Some visitors to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at California's Disneyland got a surprise: Captain Jack Sparrow himself.

Johnny Depp donned the getup of his swashbuckling alter ego and interacted with riders on Wednesday. Videos taken by park goers and shared on social media show Depp chatting with fans as they passed by on the ride's boats. He also spoke to a crowd outside.

Depp returns to the big screen as Sparrow next month in the fifth film based on the ride. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens May 26, after premiering at Shanghai Disneyland on May 11.