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.
At the end of the film, Silver makes his escape 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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