Geoffrey Rush: 'Pirates is a monster'

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Set in northern Australia prior to World War II, Nicole Kidman is an English aristocrat who inherits a large ranch. After learning that English cattle barons are plotting to take her land, she decides make the harsh trek to the Land Down Under. During her travels she's accompanied by an independent cattle driver known as "Drover" (Hugh Jackman) whom her husband hired to transport her.
May 18th, 2011

Geoffrey Rush "felt pressure" not to mess up on 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides'.

The Australian actor - who plays Captain Hector Barbarossa in the comedy action movie alongside Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow - knew the film was a "monster" when he saw the lengths the crew had to go to shoot a scene, and he was nervous about making mistakes more than he would be on a smaller film.

He said: "To shoot that one short scene we went 30 miles out to sea to a sandbar that was only visible eight hours a day. There they grappled together three oil tankers to use as a production base. When I saw that, I suddenly realised what a monster this had become.

"For six actors to have a dialogue on a beach meant there were 800 people to provide lunch for, stunt men, people to rake the sand between takes and so on. So yes, at that point we did feel a pressure not to screw up."

The 59-year-old star is most recently known for the role of speech therapist Lionel Logue in 'The King's Speech - a part for which he was nominated for an Oscar - and he reveals he did not initially think the project, about Britain's stuttering King George VI, would be a good one to work on.

He said: "My primal response was that this would be tricky to film and would probably have no viable commercial life but that it was a fantastic story: two men and their relationship which grows out of a class divide between royalty and commoners and a cultural divide between Australia and England."