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In the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

we saw Captain Jack Sparrow was the cannibal tribes chieftain. Is there a backstory that clarifies whether or not Jack is a people eater? Captain or cannibal?

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How are you so sure they were cannibals? –  poepje May 12 '12 at 2:50
    
@poepje probably because it is stated several times in the movie that they are and also extremely implied as well. –  TylerShads May 31 '12 at 4:07
    
They use the phrase "long pork" when refering to the island where Jack can be found, a term used for cannibal food. –  Major Stackings May 31 '12 at 4:37
    
Ok, it's been too long since I've seen it I suppose :) –  poepje May 31 '12 at 12:19
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I do not know if any of the books cover that backstory. However based on the logic of the movie Jack is their leader and they intend on eating him. In theory so they can gain some of his power/assist him in releasing his spirit so that it can return to the gods (become a god).

We do not know (in the context of the movie) how he became leader. We do know Jack purposely ran the Black Pearl aground to escape Davy Jones and the Kraken. One can assume that Jack would not put his crew in danger on purpose so we can assume he did not know about the natives.

So somehow Capt. Jack convinces the natives that he is their leader (which we all know Jack is very good improviser). Capt. Jack as we all know is not above betrayal to save his own skin (hence why he has not intervened in the natives eating the crew).

With all this in mind, I believe one can safely assume that Jack has figured out some how to not actually have to eat flesh.

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While this picture doesn't prove Jack eats people, he at least appears to bite their toe nails.

Jack

Would you like jam with that?

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