In 2011, after Gore Verbinski’s trilogy, the “Pirates of the Caribbean” saga is back in theaters with a fourth installment directed by Rob Marshall. A new episode which notably highlights Penelope Cruz. But the Spanish actress was pregnant during the filming of the film. Which led to strange rumors about the presence of his sister on the set. We decipher the true from the false.
Pirates of the Caribbean : a cult saga
From 2003 to 2007, the filmmaker Gore Verbinski directs the trilogy Pirates of the Caribbean. Led by Johnny Depp, this saga (adapted from the famous attraction) which modernizes the myth of pirates has met with immense success. The license quickly becomes one of the greatest sagas in the history of cinema, and an absolute reference in terms of consumer entertainment. In all, the first three opuses bring in more than $2.6 billion in box office receipts.
In 2011, despite the departure of Gore Verbinski, Disney studios decide to continue developing the saga Pirates of the Caribbean with a fourth chapter directed by Rob Marshall. Johnny Depp is obviously back in the skin of Captain Jack Sparrow. If Geoffrey Rush and Kevin McNally are also back, this fourth film mainly presents new characters in the license. Thus, Penélope Cruz, Ian McShane, Stephen Graham, Sam Clafin or even the French Astrid Bergès-Frisbey join the pirate saga. Despite less convincing reviews, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides still brings in more$1 billion in revenue worldwide box office.
A false rumor around the sister of Penélope Cruz
Thus, Penélope Cruz joins the adventure Pirates of the Caribbean on the occasion of this fourth film. For the occasion, she plays Angelica, a former acquaintance of Jack. During the filming of the blockbuster, the Spanish actress was five months pregnantwhich complicated the production.
The costume designers have adapted the actress’ clothes to hide her pregnancy as much as possible. Rapidly, rumors around the presence of Monica Cruz have emerged. Indeed, at the time of the release of the film, many media argued that Monica Cruz, Penélope’s little sister, would have been called by Rob Marshall to dub the star actress for action sequences. So does the star of One, back, very actually dubbed her big sister? Well no, it was just false rumours…
In reality, Monica Cruz never took part in the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Penélope Cruz finally shot all her sequences herself, concealing her belly as much as possible. In fact, there was a media confusion around this story.
Indeed, at the same time as the production of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Monica Cruz played in the Spanish series The Red Eagle. A show in which the young actress evolved in a costume that was very reminiscent of that of her big sister in the new Pirates of the Caribbean. White shirt, little leather jacket, pirate necklace, black belt, etc… An unexpected resemblance that had led to this false rumor.