Penelope Cruz relives Pirates role excitement

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Based on Arthur Kopit's book for the 1982 Tony Award-winning musical, "Nine" features an all-star cast of Nicole Kidman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Judi Dench, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Sophia Loren, and Kate Hudson. The story centers on Guido Contini (Day-Lewis), a gifted Italian filmmaker who develops writer's block at the age of 50. Looking for some help, he calls on all the women in his life from both the past and present.
May 7th, 2011

Penelope Cruz "screamed" when she was offered a role in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides'.

The Spanish actress had previously worked with the movie's star Johnny Depp on 'Blow' and director Rob Marshall on 'Nine' and was overjoyed to be given the chance to team with the pair again.

She said: "Rob and I were eating together and he turned to me and said, 'I have this question to ask you but I don't know if I'm brave enough to ask as you may say 'No'.

"'Well Rob, you have to ask me,' I said. And he turned and asked, 'Would you like to do 'Pirates' with me and Johnny?' I heard this and screamed. A very good scream.

"I really love Rob and have longed to work with him again. I want to kiss his feet."

Penelope also described her previous experience working with Johnny as "very rock 'n' roll."

She said: "Johnny is a great friend, so genuine and unique. My memories of 'Blow'. Wow that was such an extreme period. It was a wild set, very rock 'n' roll. I had missed working with him."

Penelope also spoke of how her career choices have changed as she has established herself as an actress, admitting in her early days she never turned down work.

She explained to GQ magazine: "When I started, when I was 16 or 17, I never even considered not doing a project. I just wanted to work. I knew who some of those I would work with would be pleasant, and others would be these huge assholes.

"But now, if there's one thing I can afford to do, having worked so hard for all of these years, it's that if I go into a meeting with someone that is offering me a movie and I can clearly see they are going to be an asshole, I will not do the movie. No matter what it is."