Johnny Depp was walking around Raby Bay recently, and there was a lot of excitement surrounding his tour around the suburb, and in the end even the mayor of Redlands herself, Karen Williams, came with a bag of special, unique gifts for the famous actor. Johnny Depp was actually in his Captain Jack Sparrow costume, much to the delight of all who got a chance to see him, and he received a variety of gifts from the mayor, some of which seemed to particularly strike his fancy.
The bag included items like a small indigenous boomerang and a set of clapping sticks, as well as a Quandamooka Salt Water Murris scarf and a picnic blanket. He also got a selection of special jams, and a photo of the Wellington Point Jetty. All in all, it looks like a lot of thought had gone into preparing this bag, and Johnny Depp seemed to appreciate the gift himself and was delighted to receive it.
As filming in the area was wrapping up, the actor made a point to walk around and let his fans see him on multiple occasions, and he seemed to enjoy visiting the place in general. He has been described as being “incredibly gracious” when returning to the area in the afternoons, when he greeted his hundreds of fans without even getting out of his costume.
The mayor also added that there has been a lot of benefit to the local economy from the filming operations, and the effect has definitely been noticeable. It’s not just about popularity and exposure, as many of the cast and crew members have been staying at local hotels and visiting the local attractions and restaurants, which has definitely had its impact on the economy.
There was a lot of work leading up to this moment though, according to accounts by various people involved, and the film’s location manager apparently did a great job coordinating everything and ensuring that the crew would arrive in an organized manner. The event also brought great tourism benefits for Redlands, and it’s expected that this effect will become even stronger once the film has actually been released.
The City Council has decided to celebrate the shooting of the new film by arranging for free screenings of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl” in Raby Bay Harbour Park on June 13. This should definitely be a great blast from the past for film fans, and it’s a great way to add to the hype of the upcoming film as well.