Academy Award-nominated actor Johnny Depp says all his characters are gay in a new interview with Vanity Fair.

In the cover story for the January edition of the celebrated glossy, Depp talks to rocker Patti Smith, and reveals that his flamboyant portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in the blockbuster movie franchise the Pirates of the Caribbean made Disney executives nervous.

The studio “couldn't stand” his interpretation of the pirate and one executive boldly asked if the character was gay.

“All my characters are gay,” the 47-year-old Depp replied. He said his response “really made her nervous.”

While many of Depp's characters are theatrical – some would say over-the-top – the actor has yet to take on a gay role. In The Libertine, Depp played an English bisexual poet.

Depp won the Screen Actors Guild's Best Actor award for playing Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

Depp first gained fame as a teen idol on the Fox crime drama series 21 Jump Street. He appears next opposite Angelina Jolie in The Tourist, which opens nationwide on December 10.