Penélope 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.”
Penélope 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.”
Penélope 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.”
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