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Disney Dream Portraits by Annie Leibovitz: Behind the Scenes with Russell Brand as Captain Hook

George Savvas

by , Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort

Continuing our look behind the scenes of the latest Disney Dream Portraits by Annie Leibovitz, today we are off to Never Land!

Well, actually, we’re off to Disney’s Golden Oak Ranch near Newhall, Calif. The ranch has been the site of many Disney productions through the years, including “The Adventures of Spin and Marty,” “Old Yeller,” “The Shaggy Dog” and even the Pirates of the Caribbean films, so it felt very familiar to this Disney fan.

On the beautiful November afternoon that I arrived at the ranch, “Tick-Tock” was already in place, ready to work…and eat. Russell Brand was in wardrobe and the amazing Leibovitz Studio team was hard at work attending to every detail.

Russell Brand Behind the Scenes of the Latest Disney Dream Portraits by Annie Liebovitz

Playing in the background, “Yo-Ho (A Pirate’s Life For Me)” and never “Never Smile at a Crocodile” helped set the mood as Russell took his place in the jaws of the crocodile and the shoot began. As it continued, some wardrobe adjustments were made, Captain Hook’s hat was included for a while, the jacket was removed, then added back. Taking photos of every possible combination helps keep all options open as the final image is being created back in New York.

If you’re wondering how Russell got out to the crocodile without getting wet, you might not be surprised to learn that he actually walked a wooden plank that could be easily removed while Annie was shooting.

Russell Brand Behind the Scenes of the Latest Disney Dream Portraits by Annie Liebovitz

In this video, you’ll get a glimpse of how the portrait was shot and learn what Russell told me he has in common with Captain Hook – and it’s obviously not a fear of crocodiles.


  • I absolutely love these pictures and Russel Brand!! I can’t wait to get my People Magazine with the photos in it. Thanks for sharing the video as well.

  • please tell me there are more than two photos in this roundup! I love these and look forward to them! They are great but 2 is such a tease.

  • He’s the perfect Captain Hook 😉

  • Just LOVE these

  • Do the celebrities volunteer for these photo shoots or are they paid as working models?

  • They are used for a print ad campaign, and can be found in national magazines.

  • George — I’m loving these behind-the-scenes looks!! Keep ’em up! :-)

  • These portrait sessions confuse me. What are the portraits used for, where ere are they displayed?

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