Before his days as Capt. Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp used to cold-call people and try to convince them to buy customized ballpoint pens, telling them that if they bought enough, they'd get a grandfather clock.

Of course Depp could sell zippers to a Velcro factory, but that's not the point.

He may have been a little too honest for the gig, though, because he once admitted, “When the supervisor wandered off, I would say, 'Listen, don't buy these pens. The clock is made of corkboard. I'm a thief; we're ripping you off.'”

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