Disney studio chief quits, started as a train and monorail operator

Posted Monday, September 21, 2009 10:17 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Walt Disney Co. film-unit Chairman Dick Cook resigned less than a month after the company announced its $4 billion acquisition of Marvel Entertainment Inc. Cook, 59, spent 38 years at Burbank, California-based Disney. He is leaving immediately and no replacement was named. He started at Disneyland as an operator of the steam train and monorail rides at the Anaheim, California theme park, according to Friday’s statement.

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Monday, September 21, 2009 11:37 AM

This does not bode well for the future of the Pirates franchise, according to Depp:

As for the fourth planned "Pirates" movie, Depp said while he has a potential deal in place that will depend on how good the script is, his passion for the project at the moment has been severely dampened by the news that Cook will no longer be around.

"There's a fissure, a crack in my enthusiasm at the moment," Depp said. "It was all born in that office."

Last edited by djDaemon, Monday, September 21, 2009 11:39 AM
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Monday, September 21, 2009 2:55 PM

It'll still happen the money he is making off of those movies is too good to pass up.

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Monday, September 21, 2009 3:50 PM

Maybe, but Johnny Depp isn't exactly your 'normal' actor.

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Monday, September 21, 2009 4:05 PM

Depp isn't about the money. Even if he does have a hand-made boat he likes to spend his time on.

Did you see him on Letterman when that gangster movie came out? He said he doesn't watch his own films, and that he mostly just enjoys the process of acting. With all of the sitting around in filmmaking, that surprises me.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 3:13 AM

^ Sounds like the Ron Toomer of Acting to me. (Plays in the movies but doesn't watches those movies kinda like Ron, Designs his own coasters but doesn't ride em.)

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 10:20 AM

Must be why they are so rough then haha. I don't understand why someone would be involved in something and then not enjoy what they did, but to each his own. I'm refering to Depp since Toomer has motion sickness.

Last edited by BDesvignes, Tuesday, September 22, 2009 10:25 AM
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