NUKE THE FRIDGE was invited to a very special event hosted by Disney in celebration of the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales on Blu ray and DVD. It was a great day of participating in pirate-themed activities such learning to talk like a pirate “Arrrrgh!” Loading cannonballs into a cannon and raising the ol’ skull and bones flag above the venerable Black Pearl! One of the highlights was having a quick chat with the sword-wielding stunt doubles for Johnny Depp and Keira Knightly from Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Lisa Hoyle and Toney Angelotti are very well known stunt performers and are in high demand for their craft in the industry. The gave us some insight into the intricacies and details of the choreographed sword fighting scenes in the movie.
Robert Garcia: When preparing to film a choreographed sword fight, how long do you rehearse and prepare for the sequence?
Lisa Hoyle: Good question, you know we filmed parts two and three back to back, we were on it for two years. We started rehearsing about three months before we actually started shooting. Sometimes, because we filmed back to back, we’re now doing a sword fight we learned a year and a half ago. That was very challenging because once you finished it, filmed it and it’s in the can, you had to off-load it from your mind.
Toney Angelotti: Yea, what you’ll start to do is melding fight scenes and you’ll think oh wait this sequence was from the beginning of the movie. You know it’s challenging because you’ll rehearse the choreography over and over and over again so there’s not even a doubt, you just go into autopilot when you’re doing some of these sword sequences.
Lisa Hoyle: And then there was the end of Pirate’s 3 when Elizabeth and Will get married. He proposes to her while they’re sword fighting. And so when we were choreographing this we called it the “wedding fight”. The dialogue had to be incorporated into the strikes. So that one was very challenging and again it was choreographed about a year before.
We also had the opportunity to speak with Marty Klebba who plays Pirate Marty in four of the five Pirates of the Carribean movies. Check out the interview below.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is currently available on digital HD and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on October 3, 2017.