Scallywag expert Colin Woodard who wrote The Republic Of Pirates (Harcourt), says Depp and Orlando Bloom may look like authentic pirates on the big screen, but would be forced to walk the plank on the real high seas.
However, Woodard does think Depps corsair clothing in the films is similar to true pirates wear.
Says Woodard: Pirates did dress with Depps flamboyant style after raiding the wardrobe of merchants.
To be a true pirate, Woodard suggests filling your enemies with fear and intimidation rather than good quips or charm like Depp.
He explains, Scare your opponents to surrender as quickly as possible by yelling and threatening them that youll kill them.
And rather than following magical compasses, Woodard recommends real mateys establish a vast black market trade network and develop good seamanship skills.
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