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Keith Richards Talks ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’ 50th Anniversary of the Rolling Stones

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In a new interview, Keith Richards talks about his role in the latest ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie and his hopes for the Rolling Stones‘ upcoming 50th anniversary, while also taking the opportunity to mock U2.

Richards stars in the just-opened ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,’ the fourth film of the series, and second to feature the Rolling Stones guitarist as Captain Teague (father of Johnny Depp’s character, Jack Sparrow). The veteran rocker, whose autobiography, ‘Life,’ is now in paperback, enjoys wearing other hats now and then.

“I get to shoot somebody,” Richards tells USA Today of his role in the latest ‘Pirates’ movie. “It’s fun and a change, a bizarre other world. If you’re used to rock ‘n’ roll, books and movies are fairly tame.” ‘On Stranger Tides’ grossed $90 million in its first weekend of release to land at No. 1 at the box office.

As for the Stones, Richards hopes to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary next year with a new album and tour. “Something’s blowing in the wind,” he divulges. “The idea’s there. We kind of know we should do it, but nobody’s put their finger on the moment yet.”

“This is what we have to ask each other: Do we want to go out in a blaze of glory?” he adds. “We can, if Mick [Jagger] and Charlie [Watts] feel like I do, that we can still turn people on. We don’t have to prove nothing anymore. I just love playing, and I miss the crowd.”

When asked what he thought of U2′s 360 Tour surpassing the Stones’ Voodoo Lounge trek as the highest-grossing tour of all time, Richards took the chance to poke fun at the Irish rockers. “So what? U2 made a few mill more, or maybe not by the time the gross is done and you look at the net. Meanwhile, ‘Spider-Man’ is going down the tubes,” quips Richards, referring to the troubled Broadway show that features music by U2′s Bono and the Edge.

He goes on to say, “U2′s a good band, so why not? I hope another band eclipses both of us. Bono’s an interesting guy. I wouldn’t say he’s my favorite guy to hang with.”

Watch Keith Richards and Johnny Depp Talk About ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’

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