'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides': Jerry Bruckheimer explains why you need real breasts to play a mermaid -- EXCLUSIVE

jerry-bruckheimerImage Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesProducer Jerry Bruckheimer has explained why actresses who auditioned to play mermaids in the forthcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides were required to have “natural” breasts. Last spring, it was widely reported the casting call for mermaids on Pirates 4 included the proviso, “Must have real breasts. Do not submit if you have implants.” 

“I don’t think they had breast augmentation in the 1700s,” says Bruckheimer. “So it’s natural for casting people to say, ‘We want real people.’”

Audiences will have the chance to check out the film’s enhancement-free fish women when On Stranger Tides is released on May 20.

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  • DavidJ

    I’m pretty sure they didn’t have mermaids back then either. lol

    • Emjay

      Haha! Made me laugh out loud.

    • rebecca

      But if the people in the 1700s thought they saw mermaids, whatever they really did see didn’t have augmentation. So it basically makes sense. People back then had to have thought they saw something in the waters if it is being put into a Pirate movie.

  • Adam

    “I don’t think they had breast augmentation in the 1700s,”

    I dont think they had Mermaids in the 1700’s either Jerry.

    • Jackie

      Well, you never know. Species go extinct all the time! (I’m TOTALLY kidding.)

      • Kyle

        Extinction is no laughing matter – esp. when boobies are involved.

      • gataroo

        This whole comment thread is making me smile.

      • Nich

        They went extinct after they got breast enhancement….everyone know that.

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  • DK

    what are you all talking about? OF COURSE there were mermaids in the 1700s. it was in the late 1880s when they went extinct

  • commentor

    I was thinking it was because you’d float to the surface of the water if you had implants.

  • Dw. Dunphy

    So Disney movies are going to have more boobs than usual, eh?

    • Kyle P.

      I think the point is precisely that there will NOT be more boobs than usual.

  • Jones

    “Articles” like this one are the reason EW is going downhill fast. Sigh.

  • Nerwen Aldarion

    The most bizarre headline meant I had to read the article! But the comment section is the best part of this LOL

  • jay

    maybe mermaids have silicon breasts? has a study ever been done on their species???

    • Angel


  • wow

    all i can say about this post is WTF?!

  • Jake

    Bruckheimer misunderstands the phrase “Little Mermaid.” “Wandering free, wish I could be, a double D giiiiirrrrlllll!” lol

  • shaye

    I’m a huge fan if I can play in one of your movies I’ll do do it for free

    • Angel

      Me 2!

    • Aul

      Dear all,My husband Peter and I are pnnanilg a move to Shetland to live at Aywick, Yell, in summer 2011. We both love music and Peter is a music teacher and plays many instruments including piano, organ, guitar, flute and celtic harp (he’s just beginning this last one!) We are spending a few days on Yell in August this year from 18th to 24th, and would be interested if there were any musical events happening around then. I realise it’s a short time this time, but we are looking forward to joining in any musical events from next year and to making new friends in Shetland.Best wishes and I hope we can meet up in the near future,from Anne Dobbing

  • Angel

    I love the new movie!but i cant find the chariter that plays the kid on Jacks crew!!!!!ITS SOOOOOO HARD!And no im not dumb!

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