Read our exclusive interview with actor Greg Ellis, who reprises his role of Lieutenant Commander Theodore Groves in the upcoming installment of the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ series, ‘On Stranger Tides.’ Being helmed by new director to the fantasy-action series, Rob Marshall, the film will be released in 3D on May 20, 2011. ‘On Stranger Tides’ follows new character Angelica (played by Penelope Cruz), who is determined to race against Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. Ellis discusses with us, among other things, why he wanted to play Theodore Groves again and why the fountain is so appalling.
Written by: Karen Benardello
Shockya (SY): You’re next set to star in the upcoming fourth installment of the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ series, ‘On Stranger Tides.’ What was it about the script that made you want to reprise your role of Lieutenant Commander Theodore Groves?
Greg Ellis (GE): It has a compelling simplicity and clear narrative that reminded me of the first ‘Pirates’ movie.
SY: You first portrayed the Lieutenant in the original ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie, ‘Curse of the Black Pearl.’ Why has his presence been so important to the series?
GE: I’m not sure it has! You’d have to ask the fans that question.
SY: The plot of ‘On Stranger Tides’ follows Captain Jack Sparrow and Barbossa as they search for the mysterious Fountain of Youth. What is it about the fountain that makes it appealing to everyone around the world, including Jack Sparrow?
GE: Eternal youth. Doesn’t everyone want to stay young forever?
SY: Besides your movie career, you’ve also made a name for yourself on television, appearing on such series as ‘The Boondocks,’ ‘Trust Me,’ ‘24,’ and most recently, ‘Gigantic.’ How is acting in movies different than acting on television series, and do you prefer one medium over the other?
GE: I like them both. TV moves at a much quicker pace and you get to switch gears more quickly. Movies are slower paced and more of an ensemble experience, which is enjoyable.
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