Long John Silver is the ship's treacherous cook and the main antagonist in Muppet Treasure Island.
Role in the film
Silver lost his right leg as the result of a cannonball in Madagascar. On the ship Hispaniola, Silver befriends young Jim Hawkins. He even confessed one night that when he was eight, his father died at sea — “first mate he was” — after Jim tells him his own father (also a first mate) died at sea when he was seven.
However, Silver is actually planning a mutiny amongst the crew of the Hispaniola, so as to seek Captain Flint's treasure himself. He is a deceptively charming man at first, until he is overheard by Gonzo, Rizzo and Jim as he reveals his dastardly plans to his fellow pirates aboard the Hispaniola.
Upon looking for the treasure, the pirates discovered that the treasure Flint left was empty, leading a brief mutiny against Silver, who allows Jim to escape.
Silver managed to get his crew back on his team, but berated them for using a black spot, which was torn on a page from a Bible. Later, he and his crew capture Smollet and Benjamina Gunn by having her tell where the treasure is hidden. When Smollet and Benjamina are left to die, Silver and his men finally found the treasure, which Benjamina revealed that it was in her place.
When the pirates are heading back to their ship with the treasure, they discover the Hispaniola approaching. His crew thought the Ghost of Captain Flint coming towards them and run away in fear, but Silver knows that Jim is aboard the ship, trying to rescue Smollet and Benjamina.
When the rest of the pirates are defeated, Silver surrenders, finding himself outnumbered.
At the end of the film, Silver is imprisoned to stand trial in Bristol, however fearing that he would be hanged, he makes his escape without his crew by taking whatever treasure he can in a lifeboat, but not before saying a rather touching goodbye to Jim Hawkins, where he declares he could "never hurt" Jim, because he is "honest and brave and true", something he himself isn't.
His fate is that his lifeboat was faulty and leaked. He had to swim to a nearby island and be marooned for the rest of his life with the company of an annoying talking pig-nosed Easter Island Head statue who won't stop telling him awful jokes.
- Tim Curry has stated in several interviews that playing Long John Silver is one of his most favorite roles. He also said that he had always been a fan of the Muppets.
- Tim Curry also starred in the 1996 Video game Muppet Treasure Island (video game) for Windows 95 PC by Activision in which he helps out the player as Jim Hawkins.
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