Pirates, and the dumb thing Youtubers are doing to James Norrington

by Me

Meet Jack Davenport.

"Hello, ladies."

“Hello, ladies.”

Jack Davenport, like many actors, has been typecast … sort of.

If you recognize Jack, it’s probably not because of the little seen film “Pirate Radio” (called “The Boat that Rocked” on the other side of the pond because the Brits are cool). Davenport plays a guy unfortunately named Twatt, whose job it is to run around and chase these hippie pirate radio DJs, searching for a way to keep rock ‘n’ roll out of as-yet untainted British ears.

No, if you recognize Jack Davenport, it’s probably from his roll in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise in which he played a guy whose job it was to run around chasing, you know, pirates.

That’s right. Jack Davenport: Pirate chaser.

What is it about this guy that has movie producers think of him when they need someone douchey to chase pirates? Is there something about him we don’t know (or want to)?

I just imagine the scene after a casting call. Hundreds of actors have gone home unemployed, and a director is sitting around (in parachute pants) fearing that his whole movie is kaput.

“What are we going to do?” he asks. “I’ve got Russell Brand to play One-Eyed Willie in my Goonies prequel, but who will play the soldier guy whose job it is to run Willie down?”

“I’ve got it!” the casting director says with a snap of his fingers. “Let’s get Jack Davenport!”

Davenport, to his credit, does an awesome job as Twatt (though his character seems closed, maybe a bit dry and uninviting … sorry) and gives an exceptional performance as Commodore Norrington, so, um, good job, completely unrelated casting director people.

There’s also this supremely dumb trend of putting clips of Davenport-as-Norrington to various pieces of music. I’ve pasted one above, but will spare you the rest.

Bonus: Those of you who have seen the Pirates films will remember Davy Jones, the octopus-faced villain in the second and third movies. Played by the great Bill Nighy, the astute movie junkie will not care at all to learn the following…

Nighy was the voice of The Network in the absolutely hilarious Simon Pegg/Nick Frost vehicle “The World’s End.”

Nighy was also, as we’ve already mentioned, in “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” which means Nighy is probably the only actor in history to be in two completely different movies called “World’s End.”

Eh. Nevermind. Just, um, one question:

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