Johnny Depp Visits Elementary School... As Captain Jack!

If you already love Johnny Depp, prepare to love him even more. The actor, who is shooting the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie in London, dropped by a British elementary school on Wednesday to respond to a fan letter from a 9-year-girl ... in person, dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow!

The girl who inspired the visit was Beatrice Delap, who wrote a charming note to Depp's Pirates character when she learned he would be filming in her town.

"We are a bunch of budding young pirates," wrote Delap, who attends the Meridian Primary School in Southeast London. "Normally we're a right handful, but we're having trouble mutinying against the teachers. We'd love it if you could come and help."

Delap signed the letter from "a budding pirate," and decorated it with a skull-and-crossbones flag.

On Wednesday, Depp and a few cast members showed up at Meridian in full pirate regalia, where an assembly of children was waiting for them (the school was given only ten minutes' notice!). "Captain Sparrow" gave a little speech, and danced as the children performed a pirate song. (The school website has photos.) He then asked to see Beatrice ... and gave her a hug!

"He said, 'Maybe we shouldn't mutiny today because there are police outside monitoring me,'" the thrilled student told the press.

It's rare for celebrities to take time out for personal contact with fans (unless it's a PR opportunity). But Johnny Depp has done this kind of thing before. In 2007, "Captain Sparrow" secretly visited a London hospital and told stories to the kids in the children's ward. He may have a reputation as rebel and an outsider -- but it's clear that Depp has a big heart underneath that pirate costume.

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