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Captain Jack Sparrow, Radical Leading Man - Pirates of the Caribbean

Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) was not your average blockbuster hero. Even today, he stands out for his freedom-loving, gender-bending trickster persona, and we could certainly use more rulebreakers like him in our movies today. What made the Pirates of the Caribbean hero so popular? How did this particular swashbuckler shape today's cultural landscape?