Ten years ago, Captain Jack Sparrow and the crew of the Black Pearl first graced movie screens. Pirates of the Caribbean was a popcorn flick done right — silly, swashbuckling fun with a depth and edge you seldom see in blockbusters more concerned with "can we blow something up bigger" than "what's the protagonist's motivation". Pirates was awesome when it was first released in 2003, and the saga remains one of our preferred diversions today.
C2E2, showing our support for the vintage pop culture that Pirates has become, is excited to welcome a number of members of the Black Pearl's crew to the shores of Lake Michigan this year. David Bailie (Cotton), Kevin McNally (Gibbs), Lauren Maher (Scarlett), and Martin Klebba (Marty) were among the scoundrels who brought the Black Pearl to life, and they'll now be at C2E2 signing autographs for a little bit of booty.
In the lead up to the show, we chatted with the Black Pearl's crew and now present the super interview with the group!
C2E2: With packing for C2E2 on the horizon, what's the first item you'll pack or the one item you can't leave home without?
DAVID BAILIE: First my wife, then my camera, then I carry them both.
C2E2: What are the best and worst things about traveling for a convention?
MARTIN KLEBBA: Best? Meeting the fans. Worst? Obligatory TSA gropes.
C2E2: Fans rush about C2E2 and Chicago as if it's nerd Mardi Gras, but what's a convention like as a guest?
LAUREN MAHER: I try to see some of the convention as a guest, but usually we are pretty busy during the day with signings and panels. At night I love to check out restaurants, live music or bars and lounges in the city. I'm lucky that I am typically traveling with Vanessa Branch, who is my co-star in Pirates and also one of my best friends. We are able to explore together!
C2E2: Are there any specific Chicago sights, experiences, restaurants, or museums you hope to check out while at C2E2?
LAUREN MAHER: I think Chicago is such a fun and vibrant city. The Art Institute is amazing, of course. I would love to see the Frank Lloyd Wright homes in Oak Park. And of course any of the restaurants in Chicago that specialize in molecular gastronomy would be fun!
C2E2: While you're probably most known for Pirates, what other projects of yours do you encourage fans to check out? What projects are you personally most proud of?
KEVIN MCNALLY: Downton Abbey and Supernatural.
C2E2: What is your favorite upcomin projects?
MARTIN KLEBBA: Motel, starring Robert De Niro, John Cusack, and me!
C2E2: Approaching a guest of your caliber can be a daunting thing. Any words of advice for a sheepish fan nervous about seeing you at C2E2?
MARTIN KLEBBA: Just be yourself and remember that we all put our pants on the same way you do.
C2E2: What's the most rewarding thing for you about interacting with fans at a con?
LAUREN MAHER: People are just so generous and sweet, and I love hearing about people’s lives — what they love, where they come from, and their different backgrounds. I feel blessed to be able to meet people from so many walks of life!
A big thank you to David, Kevin, Lauren, and Martin for taking the time to talk with us. In just a few more weeks, they'll be docked in C2E2's Autograph Area, telling tales of high seas adventure and selling autographs and treasure maps!
About The Author:
Peter Tatara is the International Director of Content and Marketing for ReedPOP. During his time at Reed, he's planned on-air contests with Cartoon Network, hosted Twitter scavenger hunts around New York City, and bought Joss Whedon a sandwich. In his spare time, he runs a calendar of geeky New York City events called Nerd York City. Follow him at @petertatara and @nerdyorkcity.