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Movie star Johnny Depp greets fans at Hastings Point

ABOUT 200 Tweed residents braved the rain to greet actor Johnny Depp at Hastings Point in the Tweed Shire on Monday evening.

Pirates of the Caribbean fans had lined up at the entrance of the headland's lookout since 3pm in the afternoon to catch a glimpse of the star.

Mr Depp arrived at 6pm in costume, make-up and dreadlocks, working his was through the long queue for over an hour.

He posed for photos and spoke to all of his fans, even when heavy rain threatened to end the spectacle.

Children were excited the actor was in full character as Captain Jack Sparrow for the duration of the time.

Australian actor Geoffrey Rush was seen leaving the set earlier, reading a script in the back of his chauffeured vehicle.

In Dead Men Tell No Tales Mr Rush plays the role of the villainous Hector Barbossa.

Filming is expected to continue on Tuesday.

UPDATE 4:30pm:

HOLLYWOOD movie star Johnny Depp was at Hastings Point today.

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INITIAL REPORT 10:00am:

If he's at the Hastings Point Pirates of the Caribbean film set, Johnny Depp bypassed both residents and paparazzi to get there.

Those hoping to catch a glimpse of Captain Jack Sparrow were met with a barricade of security guards and police, who tightened their grip of the reserve late last night.

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Their presence coincided with the start of local filming of Dead Men Tell No Tales.

It was expected Depp would chopper into the area on Monday and Tuesday from Coomera, where he is staying at Mick Doohan's mansion for mega-stars.

But alas me hearties, there was no helicopter to be seen.

There was however good news for John Sillar, owner of Hastings Point General Store.

He has racked up a "15%" increase in sales since last week by supplying the crew with their caffeine fix.

"The crew has been great and the people from all over the coast have had fun visiting the set," Mr Sillar said.

Over the weekend, the film set - the centrepiece of which is a whale bone carcass - became a tourist attraction.

Hundreds of onlookers have overwhelmed the headland's lookout to see the final touches being put to the set, first erected on Tuesday.

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