Did you know there is a statue of Johnny Depp in Kennewick?

I’ve been a Johnny Depp fan since I was eleven. There was a movie rental store that closed when I was a kid and my parents took advantage of their “buy one, get one” sale. They picked up a lot of movies that would become my lifelong favorites such as The last Samourai with Tom Cruise, and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World with Russell Crowe, but a movie would become an essential part of my childhood. I’m talking about Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearlsure.

Launch of the Pirates of the Caribbean interactive attraction at Madame Tussauds

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I immediately fell in love with this film and the eccentric Jack Sparrow, like millions of other people around the world. I never realized how much my prepubescent self needed a swashbuckling adventure based on a Disneyland ride. It only took one viewing of the original pirate to get me hooked.


The author poses next to Johnny Depp’s handprints at Grauman’s Chinese Theater (Christensen Family Photos)

My family took a trip to California when I was sixteen. We did everything when we were there; SeaWorld, Universal Studios and of course Disneyland. Even as a punk kid who thought he was so cool, Disneyland made me melt to my inner child. Buzz Lightyear was there and so was Darth Vader, but I had pirates in mind. I had to roll over the original Pirates of the Caribbean roll ten times.

Johnny Deep Stars in Sleepy Hollow Photo Mandalay Pictures

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Growing up, I started browsing Johnny Depp’s filmography. I saw most of his essential films like Donnie Brasco, Benny & Joon, What eats Gilbert Raisin, Edward Scissorhandsand Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. But it was Pirates of the Caribbean that still holds a part of me. My wife, who also loves Johnny Depp and pirateand I recently showed our eldest daughter what she now calls “ghost pirate movies,” and she took to it like we did.

World Premiere of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest’ – Arrivals

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Yesterday I took my family to the new restaurant Hooked Seafood Boil and Bar. If you don’t know where it is, they’ve taken over PF Chang’s old building near the mall. We had a great time in the relaxing atmosphere and my daughter loved all the decorative fish, especially the giant shark. But you should have seen her when we went out.

There is a statue of Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow in Kennewick.

Pete Christensen

Pete Christensen

No seafood restaurant would be complete without a nod to the rapscallions of the high seas, and this statue of Jack Sparrow stopped me dead. Obviously, the biggest story in entertainment has been Johnny Depp’s court case with Amber Heard. It was recently confirmed by Depp’s agent that the actor is set to return as a rum-loving pirate in a sixth episode. After The Washington Post released Heard’s accusations against the actor, Disney dropped Depp and his $22 million contract. I’m not a legal expert here and I’m not going to go down the Depp v. heard rabbit hole, but I will say this; I was sad to learn that Jack Sparrow might have set sail for the last time.

Seeing that statue of Jack Sparrow outside of Hooked reminded me how much I love this character and hearing my daughter raving about “Pumpkin Jack Sparrow” filled my heart. If you haven’t seen Jack in Kennewick yet, be sure to bring a camera when you visit Hooked.

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