|PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: The Curse of the Black Pearl
as Lt. Gillette
Director: Gore Verbinski
Walt Disney Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, First Mate Productions Inc. (2003)
"(...) But while Damian says he is glad to be back home, his current job is a far cry from his last project The Pirates Of The Caribbean - this year's biggest blockbuster - in which he starred alongside the likes of Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom and Jonathan Pryce.
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, the film was shot in the Disney Studios in LA and on location in St Vincent's in the Caribbean.
It was Damian's first taste of Hollywood and was an experience he is unlikely to forget.
"It was incredible. The scale of it was like a Hollywood machine, it hits you in the face but you have to get used to it very quickly," he says.
"The sets were just amazing, they built this huge fort and they had the proper pirate galleons all set up. We had three months in LA and a month in St Vincent's in the Caribbean," he says, with obvious glee.
"Everyone was fantastic, there was no egos. Although there were big stars like Johnny Depp and Jonathan Pryce and Geoffrey Rush, they were all lovely people."
In the film, Damian plays Lieutenant Gillette, a bit of a buffoon, who was second in command of the Royal Navy. And the film's director, Gore Verbinski, gave Damian the opportunity to make the most of his part.
"My character has his own arc throughout the film and the director was very attentive to suggestions and there was some improv as well, so trying to get as many lines in as I could," he laughs. (...)"
- excerpt from an interview with Jeff Magill of "The Guide" (not available online anymore).