Mackenzie Crook turns down Pirates role for Detectorists

MacKenzie Crook starred as pirate Ragetti in the Hollywood frachise of Pirates. Picture: PA
MacKenzie Crook starred as pirate Ragetti in the Hollywood frachise of Pirates. Picture: PA
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The Office’s Mackenzie Crook turned down the chance to reappear in Pirates of the Caribbean so he could focus on his BBC4 comedy, Detectorists.

Crook rose to fame as Gareth Keenan in The Office, and went on to star as pirate Ragetti in the Hollywood franchise of Pirates.

He said: “It’s a choice between doing a character again that I first did 12 years ago - and it’s a little part in a big Hollywood movie - or doing my own passion project.”

Detectorists documents the story of two friends who both love metal detecting, and scour the English countryside hoping they will find real treasure.

The latest in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Dead Men Tell No Tales, is due out in 2017.