Hunky Hollywood actor Johnny Depp fulfilled a childhood fantasy when he signed up to star in PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN - and he couldn't wipe the smile off his face when he arrived on set.

The SLEEPY HOLLOW star was delighted to be taking part in a good old fashioned adventure - a sentiment shared by director Gore Verbinski.

Verbinski says, "Johnny had the same response I had. He couldn't help smiling, because how often are you going to get that phonecall - 'Do you want to be in a pirate movie?'

"There's a nine-year-old in all of us that just loves pirates."

02/06/2003 21:07