My friends and I went to see On Stranger Tides today (GREAT MOVIE, everyone go see it - Penelope Cruz is, like, the hottest thing ever) and we got onto the topic of that one kid that kept showing up. You know, that one blonde kid with the pirates who never seems to really do anything but still gets his fair share of reaction shots. Well, if the canoe has taught me anything, it’s that close-up reaction shots are always significant. This kid is no exception.
Why? Because he’s Bootstrap Bill Turner.
We never get a full backstory of Will Turner’s father. By the end of the trilogy, we only know that he was a pirate, previously sailed with Jack on the Black Pearl and ended up sailing on the Dutchman with Will at the end. We never get a picture into his childhood or his life before the Black Pearl. Bootstrap was also the only one of Jack’s crew to not participate in the mutiny lead by Barbosa against Jack. This could be because Bootstrap knew Jack from the expedition for the Fountain of Youth and therefore gained respect for him not many other crew members would have aside from Gibbs, who also accompanied him on the expedition.
Now here’s where it gets tricky. If this theory is to be legitimate, On Stranger Tides would have to happen between 20 and 25 years before The Curse of the Black Pearl. It could work if the issue of aging wasn’t so complicated. The theory my friend and I came up with is this: Jack was the only one who came in contact with the water from the Fountain of Youth other than Blackbeard and Angelica, who drank it. Jack touched it, and while this did not grant him eternal youth or anything so grandiose, it could have slowed how quickly he ages physically, letting him look relatively the same for longer periods of time than most people. This would explain how he still looks about the same in TCOTBP as he does in OST. This would also make him quite a bit older than he looks in the trilogy, but considering the amount of myth and mystery surrounding him in the series this would hardly be anything too new. The other recurring characters who showed up in OST, like Gibbs and Barbosa, would not have changed as dramatically with age because Jack is younger and would have shown more signs of aging than them. They may have also been affected by being in the presence of the Fountain, as well, and had their aging process slowed down slightly.
Granted, this isn’t a solid theory, it’s just what my friends and I came up with when I started wondering what the significance of the blonde kid was supposed to be. But I quite like this thought, seeing as Bootstrap Bill has always been a subplot in the PotC movies.
By the way, my fellow conspirator on this headcanon is Aubrey.
Thank you for putting up with my sexual frustration over Penelope Cruz all day