Entertainment Weekly


Stay Connected


Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content


Who's the biggest baddie?

Jack Sparrow’s got a new foe in the latest Pirates flick: Blackbeard. How does he measure up to ol’ Barbossa?

Posted on

Captain Barbossa
Sure, he led a mutiny against Captain Jack, stole his beloved Black Pearl ship, and even tried to kill him, but overall, the old sea dog is less a nefarious arch-enemy to Jack than ”a thorn in his side,” says Geoffrey Rush, who plays Barbossa. The two swashbucklers are, Rush laughs, more ”frenemies — that’s the new bromance, right?”


Captain Blackbeard
”Pure evil” is how Pirates producer Jerry Bruckheimer describes Ian McShane’s Blackbeard, who imperils the life of his own daughter and murders his way to the Fountain of Youth. Okay, pretty bad. Still, McShane looks forward to watching the movie with his three grandkids: ”It’s nice that they can see something I do for a change!”