This is unbelievable but a writer of the blockbuster Hollywood franchise Pirates of the Caribbean confessed that the principal character of Jack Sparrow was based on Lord Krishna.

Ted Elliott, one of the screenwriters for Jack Sparrow’s character, said, “Jack Sparrow’s character in Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the most integral parts of the film.”

“The characterisation of Sparrow is based on Lord Krishna, who is a major deity in Hinduism. While writing the character sketch of Jack Sparrow, we referred to the description of Lord Krishna, various shades of the Almighty, which helped us a lot in making the whole character of Jack Sparrow into existence,” added Elliott.

The revelation quickly, and expectedly, went viral on social media in India with people commenting on the similarities between a pirate and a God.

Fans went into a frenzy and tweeted with the hashtag #JackSparrowIsKrishna.


Sparrow, in the movies, is a smart man who often gets out of tricky situations with his wit, intelligence and tact, as opposed to physical force.

In all the movies in the series, the character is played by Johnny Depp, whose performance turned him as well as the character into one of the world’s most recognisable faces.

Pirates of the Caribbean is the creation of screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio.