Adopt A Pirate
January 13, 2006 12:46 AM   Subscribe

I'm quitting my job so that I can go and be a pirate... Angel, a graphic designer from Orlando, is putting his life on hold to go to the Bahamas and play an 'Asian pirate' in the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie. At the moment, he's soliciting donations on his web site, but plans to run a blog on the experience of being a extra as soon as filming starts.
posted by jedrek (45 comments total)
Isnt filming for this done now though?
posted by lemonfridge at 1:19 AM on January 13, 2006

That's probably be filming on Pirates 3 - not Dead Man's Chest, which has already been shot and doesn't have Asian pirates in it.
posted by flashboy at 1:20 AM on January 13, 2006

"That's probably be"? Scurvy grammar, says I.
posted by flashboy at 1:21 AM on January 13, 2006

So he's going to the Bahamas to act in a movie, he's going to be paid while he's there, and he's getting random people on the Internet to give him money on top of that? Nice work, if you can get it.
posted by aneel at 1:29 AM on January 13, 2006

Why doesn't he blow one of the producers like everyone else?
posted by three blind mice at 1:30 AM on January 13, 2006

Flashboy, read the link! He says it is Dead Man's Chest.

I'm curious as to what's going on as well since the film is supposed in post.
posted by mr.dan at 1:34 AM on January 13, 2006

I'm sure that will be money well spent once he has to sign an NDA and his blog will be filled with nothing concerning the movie.
posted by falconred at 1:35 AM on January 13, 2006

I did read the link. It's badly worded, but it says:

I've been given a role as a pirate in the upcoming sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean "Dead Man's Chest" coming out this July


I've been given a role as a pirate in the upcoming sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean, "Dead Man's Chest", coming out this July

Meaning, the sequel to Dead Man's Chest. Which, as I said, has the added advantages of currently being shot, and having Asian pirates in it.
posted by flashboy at 1:54 AM on January 13, 2006

I greatly sense that this is fucking retarded. Go work for the World Food Programme and then ask me for money.
posted by Protocols of the Elders of Awesome at 2:02 AM on January 13, 2006

He's getting paid $500/week to be an extra for a film shot in the Bahamas. My heart bleeds for him...

And it's not like his blog is going to provide any useful or interesting insight into the process:

I have signed a Non-disclosure agreement and will NOT be posting pictures of either the cast or the set nor will I be telling any details about the films that are not available through official sources.

Thanks, but I'll just stick with Gina and her Sunshine blog for all my insider info on film making. Somehow I doubt being an extra on a Bruckheimer film is going to provide one with any deep insight into the film making process or the life of a pirate/actor.
posted by slimepuppy at 2:40 AM on January 13, 2006

Durr, it's Gia, of course.
posted by slimepuppy at 2:41 AM on January 13, 2006 an 'Asian pirate'...

So... does that mean he can he hook me up with a bootleg copy of the movie?
posted by wfrgms at 2:57 AM on January 13, 2006 an 'Asian pirate'...
So... does that mean he can he hook me up with a bootleg copy of the movie?

posted by slimepuppy at 3:54 AM on January 13, 2006

Hey, he did say that he wanted to be a pirate! At least it's truth in advertising!!
posted by Misciel at 3:56 AM on January 13, 2006

So... let me get this straight... this dude is taking money to go to the bahamas and work?
posted by ph00dz at 4:07 AM on January 13, 2006

What a stupid asshole!
posted by jimmy at 4:14 AM on January 13, 2006

This is surely the best of the web. C'mon, pirates, Bahamas, movies, and blogs? The mind reels...
posted by fixedgear at 4:18 AM on January 13, 2006

I'll just stick with Gina and her Sunshine blog

I started blogging after I first interviewed one of my heroes, H. Lee Scott. Well, I say I interviewed him but the truth is, he actually interviewed me. He doesn't usually interview people applying for entry level positions, but I am kind of hot, so when the first interviewer took me to one side to see if I could stay behind a little later to meet the boss. well, how could I resist? I mean, I've read all the books by Sam Walton, all the books on Sam Walton and I used to clean Barbara Ehrenreich's house before she got all snooty about using people who didn't have a green card.

Anyway, after an in-depth interview (if you take my meaning here, know what I'm saying?) with Lee, I was awarded a very high status position at their flagship store on Union Square. For some reason that really tickled Lee -- the fact that the store was on Union Square. He made a jok e about relocating to Scab Alley, but I'm not quite sure what he was getting at. I don't think it was very funny though.

As a blogger, I have the most amazing access to all manner of interesting and exciting people in the company. Once I've finished my shift on the register, that is. For example, just last week, I had an extended interview with the personnel officer who hired me, Freddie Smith. Now, I'd assumed that Freddie was gay, due to the fact that he didn't hit on me when he originally hired me. But I can assure all you girls out there on the Walmart shop floor that Freddie is 100% red-blooded American male. In fact, now that I come to think of it, he may even be married with a family... I vaguely remember seeing a photograph with an attractive older woman and a couple of kids on his desk before he cleared it off... Bastard!

OK, so where was I? Oh yeah. I have access to lots and lots of famous people due to my position as the Walmart Blogger. That John Perry Barlow came into the store last week. I heard him saying to the girl that he was with that he was going to some sort of exhibitionist sex party. I distinctly heard him say something about flashing your knob and dancing. I also heard him say that he thought I was too old, but he invited young Rita, who is a student at NYU when she isn't working here, to go along and see him flashing his knob.

Perhaps I should get my nipples pierced as well? I wonder if H. Lee Scott likes pierced nipples? I think I'll set up an interview with him and ask him? In fact, perhaps I'll do that *after* I get them pierced. And if he doesn't like them -- well, tough titty! And the piercing will show him just how tough. Meanwhile, there's a very interesting article I saw this morning one one of my competitor's sites...
posted by PeterMcDermott at 4:55 AM on January 13, 2006


I'm trying to decide if PeterMcDermott needs take his pills or to cut down on them.
posted by slimepuppy at 4:59 AM on January 13, 2006

Poor guy is only going to make $2000 next month. How, oh how is he going to make expenses? "Especially Dinner, laundry services, telephone calls, batteries (for the camera), and all kinds of other incidental stuff that comes with living out of a suitcase." We should all pitch in and donate. Ass.
posted by Roger Dodger at 5:04 AM on January 13, 2006

I'd say he needs to cut down on them myself. That post definitely smacked of overmedicated rather than undermedicated...
posted by PeterMcDermott at 5:10 AM on January 13, 2006

I greatly sense that this is fucking retarded.

All I've been able to do for the last five minutes is picture Alec Guiness saying that as Obi-Wan, and how if he actually did it would have been the greatest thing ever.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 5:12 AM on January 13, 2006

What an idiot. Let's send him a puffy shirt.
posted by gfrobe at 5:21 AM on January 13, 2006

Lifelong dream = being told "Please don't speak to Mr. Depp."
posted by davebush at 5:25 AM on January 13, 2006

Burn on you crazy dreamer, just do it without my money.

I greatly sense that announcements for blogs (which are also pleas for money) which haven't actually been written yet, and which probably won't be that good when they are, are not the best of the web.
posted by OmieWise at 5:29 AM on January 13, 2006

I'm making less than $2K per month, and I don't even get to be a pirate, so send ME that money instead, k, thx.
posted by Meatbomb at 5:33 AM on January 13, 2006

This guy's a bastarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd.
posted by papercake at 5:44 AM on January 13, 2006

Okay...clearly this guy thinks that "only" having $500 a week is a big jump down. Which leads me to believe that he's been making substantially more up to now. Which means he should either a) Have been saving up for his dream or b) "Living out your dream of being a fucking pirate is priceless. To pay your expenses, there's MasterCard"

Keven Smith lived out his dream of being a filmmaker by taking out something like 30-40K worth of credit card debt. Have some fucking testicles, matey.
posted by Deathalicious at 6:10 AM on January 13, 2006

What could be more exciting than reading the blog of a fucking extra?
posted by NationalKato at 7:06 AM on January 13, 2006

NationalKato, being the extra?
But only barely.
posted by slimepuppy at 7:12 AM on January 13, 2006

Jesus. I wish I made $2,000 a month--that's like three month's income for me. And yet, somehow, I survive . . .

Self-absorbed twit.
posted by schroedinger at 7:13 AM on January 13, 2006

adopt a ninja
posted by eddydamascene at 7:15 AM on January 13, 2006

Can I have your autograph?

Sure. I’m not a movie star yet, but I’d be glad to scribble my name on a piece of paper for you. Send a self addressed, stamped envelope to PO Box 4456 Winter Park, FL 32793-4456. I can’t say how long it will take, but I promise that you'll get your envelope back with an autograph. (and maybe something extra)

Words fail me...
posted by AspectRatio at 7:35 AM on January 13, 2006

Well, considering the subject matter of the film he's working on, he'll probably bury the money anyway. And then forget where he put it.
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 7:45 AM on January 13, 2006

tell him to sublease his house like a normal person and then make a choice. business or acting carreer thats probably not going anywhere. the second one is more fun.. but more fun means taking chances at losing your responsibilities. there are too many people on the internet asking for you to give them money.. and its impressive how many people actually do.
posted by trishthedish at 9:24 AM on January 13, 2006

Is he acting, or is he being an extra? Because if it's the latter, it's an extremely boring thing to be doing, let alone blogging about. Fun for about two hours, then boredom and tedium inevitably set in.
posted by badlydubbedboy at 9:41 AM on January 13, 2006

He's going to have plenty of time to write in his blog... My guess is that he'll have a lot of entries that say "sitting around with the rest of the pirates, doing nothing... oooh lunchtime!"

I worked on "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Origin" this past fall. It was lots of fun, but there is a LOT of sitting around doing nothing involved.
posted by jbelshaw at 9:52 AM on January 13, 2006

where do i send my money jbelshaw? I want to help you!
posted by lemonfridge at 10:00 AM on January 13, 2006

where do i send my money jbelshaw? I want to help you!

eh, i had vacation days to take off of work anyway, so no need to send anything. I think that Depp guy probably needs it more. Look at all the movies HE'S making. Poor guy must be destitute.
posted by jbelshaw at 10:15 AM on January 13, 2006

Lste to the thread, but has anyone read this yet?
posted by moonbird at 12:12 PM on January 13, 2006

That's "Late," argh matey.
posted by moonbird at 12:12 PM on January 13, 2006

Celebrity welfare! What a country!
posted by Eideteker at 12:37 PM on January 13, 2006

Thanks for the update Moonbird.
posted by OmieWise at 12:39 PM on January 13, 2006

I saw the posting for this, and actually drove by the cattle (casting) call the day they had it in Orlando.

It was nuts. Scores of people down at least 2 blocks wrapped around buildings. here's the link looks like it still works.

The application! PDF link.

I almost filled it out. But when I saw the people I was like OMG.. funny for a 15 minute lark, not a 6 hour wait in the sun.

I like the blanks for 'combat training?' 'climbing experience?' 'sailing?'

and then the best.. How flexible is your [work] schedule, would you be able to take 3-5 weeks off if needed

I was like 'damn!' If I was 21 in college I would have been SO over this. But now I'm a working stiff, sniff.

I could just see the extended leave request now... Reason for Absence: Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...
posted by cavalier at 3:03 PM on January 13, 2006

At least we send you prizes.
posted by brad! at 12:39 PM on January 14, 2006

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