Tuesday July 7th actor Johnny Depp made an impromptu visit to the Lady Cilento Childrens Hospital in Queensland, Australia.
The fifty-two year old heartthrob is currently in the midst of filming for the newest in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise (Dead Men Tell No Tales). Since the filming was taking place near the hospital, he made a little detour and visited the children’s hospital in full Jack Sparrow costume!!
He hugged the children, chatted them up and even posed for selfies. Seven year old Max Bennet and his mother, Rachel, were eating dinner when the helicopter landed and out came Jack Sparrow himself. Max and his mother followed Jack Sparrow around the halls of the hospital, just waiting for their chance to meet him. Max is seven years old and suffers from transverse myelitis but Depp made him feel like the richest kid in the hospital. He gave Max some special gold coins, but it was the Sparrow’s facial hair that really impressed him. Max said:
“He tied a knot in his hair to make a beard. That was my favorite part.”
Rachel Bennet was less impressed with Depp’s beard and more moved by his generosity and the time he gave all the sick children. Rachel said:
“He was going from room to room seeing all the kids who couldn’t get out of bed. We waited out of the front of one of the rooms, and he came up to us and had a really good chat to Max. It was really beautiful. Everyone kept on trying to move him on, but he kept on coming back (to be with the kids).”
This isn’t the first time Depp has made surprise visits. In 2010 when he was filming the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie he stopped in at Meridian Primary School in Greenwich, England. He told E! News in a 2013 interview that he keeps his costume on hand when travelling just in case he can find time for impromptu visits. Depp stated:
“Sometimes you go to kiddie hospitals and things like that. I’ll just sneak in and go and surprise a bunch of kiddies through the different wards…It basically turns into a two-, three-hour improvisation and it’s really fun. So I travel with Captain Jack.”
How sweet is that, really? Love this guy!