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omg: dude finds script for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 4,’ turns it in without reading it

I don’t know if I’d have had as much fortitude. Via W.E.N.N.:

The plot of the fourth installment of the ‘Pirates of the Carribean’ franchise nearly became public knowledge this week after a copy of the film’s script was found in a London cafe.

Johnny Depp began shooting Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, his latest big-screen outing as Captain Jack Sparrow, in Hawaii earlier this month (Jun10).

But the secrecy surrounding the film’s storyline was nearly blown when movie workers accidentally left a copy of the screenplay behind after a breakfast meeting in the British capital – sending Disney studio executives into a panic.

However, an embarrassing leak was prevented after a film fan found the 194-page document and handed it in to editors at Britain’s The Sun newspaper.

And the unnamed good Samaritan refused to take a sneak peak at the script, telling the publication, “I’m a big fan of the films, but I managed to resist the urge to have a read. I want to enjoy the movie when it comes out.”

Kudos to the good-samaritan fan, I guess. Here’s the question, though: How do you reconcile being a person entrusted with such magnificent trust — knowing in advance the plot of a major Hollywood studio’s summer tentpole flick — and then also being the idiot who leaves a script lying around in a cafe? How do you do that?

A spoiler-free synopsis of On Stranger Tides, from Disney via Den of Geek:

In this action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise, Captain Jack Sparrow crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), and he’s not sure if it’s love – or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past. Geoffry Rush reprises his role as the vengeful Captain Hector Barbossa, and Kevin R. McNally returns as Captain Jack’s longtime comrade Joshamee Gibbs. Sam Claflin stars as a stalwart missionary, while Astrid Berges-Frisbey is transformed into a mysterious mermaid.

I want to be excited about this, but then I keep remembering that Rob Marshall is directing it, and he’s a hack. Also: It’s in 3D. Just because.

(Oh, and if you’ve heard that this was adapted by the Tim Powers novel On Stranger Tides [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.], well, it appears that it bears only the slimmest passing resemblance. If this was important to you: sorry.)



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