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Question: How did Jack Sparrow know they had to sail upside down to return to our world?

Chosen answer: He deciphered a clue on Sao Feng's navigational chart. He realized that "sundown" did not mean "sunset". Rather it meant that what was up had to be down to upturn back into the living world. They had to capsize the ship at sunset to return at sunrise amid the "green flash" that signals when a soul returns to earth.

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Question: At the meeting of the pirate brethren, Jack and Barbossa both were counted as a Pirate Lord. But wasn't Barbossa really Jack's first mate that mutinied against him prior to the events of the first film?

Chosen answer: Barbossa is the Lord of the Caspian Sea while Jack is Lord of the Caribbean. Just because he was first mate, it doesn't automatically follow that he couldn't become a Pirate Lord - Elizabeth was a prisoner aboard Sao Feng's ship before he passed the role onto her.

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Question: Maybe I'm missing something, but why can't Elizabeth just live on Will's boat at the end? Someone suggested it was because she cannot go into Davy Jones' Locker, but she has been there and got out before so why not again? Also, Will's father isn't dead but he can travel with Will, so why couldn't Elizabeth just join his crew?

Chosen answer: From the point of view of the Dutchman, Bootstrap is dead enough to serve on the ship. The idea is that Jones rescues people who would otherwise simply have drowned and makes them serve on his ship in lieu of death; as such, they can be considered technically deceased. Elizabeth has been into the Locker, yes, but with the demise of Jones, the Locker may not even exist any more. Will's task is to escort the dead into the afterlife, not the Locker - while Elizabeth survived the Locker, the afterlife may be something entirely different. The rules regarding the Dutchman and the duties of her crew are never spelled out, but it seems that, no, Elizabeth cannot live on her.

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Question: With the little boy hanging in the beginning, did it have anything to do with the story line, or were they just showing how they would kill anyone that was associated with pirates?

Chosen answer: Beckett needed the song to be sung to summon the Brethren Court, making it possible for him to destroy them. As a result, they simply started hanging anybody who had any links to pirates, until somebody started the song.

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Question: Why did the lady Calipso blow up into crabs?

Chosen answer: There's no definitive explanation, although Calypso seems to have a particular fondness for the crustaceans, as can be seen after she sends the crabs to retrieve the Black Pearl when they're in Davy Jones' Locker. She is seen affectionately holding one that has scurried back to her. When she's released from her human prison, her spirit disperses into crabs and returns to the sea.

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Question: Did Tia Dalma bring back Barbossa from the dead for the same reason as Captain Jack - because he was a pirate lord?

Chosen answer: While not explicitly spelled out in the film, it does seem quite likely that that was at least part of her motives.

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Answer: It was also because he was in possession of one of the Piece of Eight required (or rather, knew where it was) for Tia Dalma to be released from her human form. Plus, she needed someone she had leverage over, to help her get the other Pirate Lords together so that all the Pieces of Eight could be gathered (and stolen by Barbossa). She needed Jack back because he took his Piece of Eight along with him to the Locker.

Question: I'm curious, when Beckett and his men first board The Dutchman, he says to Jones, 'This is no longer your world. The immaterial has become immaterial,' what's his meaning? Also straight after, we see a load of his men aiming their guns at Davy Jones' heart. What's that all about?

Chosen answer: Beckett is saying that mythological beings like Jones, entities that he doesn't really consider to be part of the normal material world have become irrelevant, that they don't matter any more. Aiming the guns at the heart is purely a threat, telling Jones that if he doesn't do what they tell him to, they'll destroy the heart and him along with it.

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Question: Did anyone hear exactly what Gibbs said at the brethren court meeting? He explains why they didn't use the pieces of eight like they intended, but instead used pieces of junk.

Chosen answer: They didn't use pieces of eight because they were all broke and didn't have any pieces of eight to use. In the end, they simply used whatever they had available at the time.

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Question: Since Davy Jones is dead and Will new captain of the Flying Dutchman, does The Locker cease to exist?

Chosen answer: It is Will Turner's locker now.

Disney-Freak

Question: Do the spiders grow big because of the food that they are fed, or because of the chemicals spilled in the water?

Chosen answer: Both! The owner of the spider farm was feeding the spiders bugs from the water that had the chemical spill in it. The bugs were contaminated with the chemical, thus contaminating the spiders. Note: The man who owned the spider farm had no idea about the contaminated water.

SAZOO1975

Question: Who were all the pirate lords and what were their nationalities?

Chosen answer: They are as follows: Jack Sparrow (who would probably claim a different origin depending on which day of the week it was, but is likely of British stock, possibly with a mother of Caribbean origin), Hector Barbossa (whose accent suggests a British origin, although his surname suggests that he may be of Spanish or Italian stock), Ammand the Corsair (Turkish), Capitaine Chevalle (French), Mistress Ching (Chinese), Gentleman Jocard (African, precise nationality unknown), Sri Sumbhajee (Indian), Captain Sao Feng (Chinese), with his position being later taken by Elizabeth Swann, and Captain Eduardo Villanueva (Spanish).

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Question: Did i miss something? In the 1st pirates movie, the pirate with the glass eye tried to get rid of Jack and his crew. But in this movie they are part of his crew. I know they sneaked onto the ship, but nobody who saw them questioned them or recognized them as the pirates who tried to kill them before.

SAZOO1975

Chosen answer: Pintel and Ragetti (the one with the wooden eye) are pirates. They are basically loyal to themselves and adapt to whatever the situation is that best serves their own purpose, rather than out of loyalty to anyone else. They'll serve under whoever offers the best motive or profit for doing so. The same goes for the captains. If they need a crew, they will utilize whoever is available at the moment, even if they know they've been disloyal in the past, as was the case when Jack allowed them back on his ship. This is a bit of a "running gag" in the series that the characters are constantly betraying one another.

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Question: Did Angelina Jolie have to wear prosthetics for this role, or are those her natural breasts?

Chosen answer: She wore a padded bra. However in the sequel she didn't wear any padding, and that's why her breasts are smaller in movie #2.

alex garrido

Question: Was the part at the camp actually filmed at the actual camp?

Chosen answer: No, it wasn't.

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Question: When Davy Jones stabs Will, Jack looks absolutely devastated. Does he really care about Will, or is it because his plan didn't work, that he was considering becoming the new captain?

Chosen answer: Because he knows that, in order for Will to live, he has to give up his chance at immortality. And the hidden part of him that's a decent man knows that he can't just let Will die. He's seeing his dream of sailing the oceans for eternity die in front of him.

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But remember that Will, before he got stabbed by Davy Jones, reminded Jack that he "has to do the duty" by this he mean so.

That he'll have to ferry the souls over to the afterlife, so I believe that Jack did care for Will and didn't want him to die when Elizabeth and him just got married and were expecting a future.

He is a good man, the Wicked Wench became the Black Pearl after Beckett sunk the ship as Sparrow let the slaves go and didn't hand them over, this is when he made a deal with Davy Jones to resurrect the ship.

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Question: Was the actor who played Cal Boreland really Richard Karn's brother in real life?

Chosen answer: According to imdb.com: Richard has only one sister. http://uk.imdb.com/name/nm0439781/bio.

Rlvlk

Question: In the final shot of the film, is it really Matt Damon lying there on the floor, or a body double? Nobody else has noticed, but something just doesn't seem right. It looks like the hair is darker/cut differently, and the facial features don't feel right.

Chosen answer: I've had a good look and, to be honest, it just looks like Matt Damon to me. He's got his face pressed against the floor, which is always going to make it look a little distorted - it's not a particularly natural way to lie. Hair colour looks right - if anything, it looks a little lighter than the shot immediately before he's killed, something readily explained by lighting. In the end, given that the face is visible, there's no way they'd use a body double, nor is there any reason to do so.

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Question: The title of the film 'At worlds end' implies to me that they considered the world to be flat, but in Beckett's ship there is a globe. Am I reading the title incorrectly or is this a mistake? Also, in the scene in which Sparrow goes to retrieve his 'effects' and a cannonball blasts through the brig, how is this possible, because the ship in the maelstrom was at such an angle that it would have been impossible for the Pearl to fire one through there.

Chosen answer: It had already been well known for several centuries that the earth was round. World's End is the end of the living world and the beginning of the netherworld. Also, this is not a normal maelstrom, it was one created by Calypso, so the ship could have momentarily uprighted itself in some manner.

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Question: In "At World's End," Will asks Elisabeth to marry him, but doesn't Elisabeth say in "Dead Man's Chest" that, "You cost me my wedding night"? Can someone please clarify this?

Chosen answer: At the beginning of Dead Man's Chest, Will and Elizabeth were scheduled to get married. However right before the ceremony, they both were arrested for aiding in the escape of Jack Sparrow in the 1st movie. That was why he cost Elizabeth her wedding night. Because she was arrested for helping him out.

SAZOO1975

Question: How could Davy Jones walk on the beach when negotiating with Jack, Will, Elizabeth and Beckett? Was it part of his every 10 years deal?

Chosen answer: He is standing in a barrel of sea water, so technically not on the ground.

Ioreth

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