Simon is the only person to be credited as Johnny Depp’s photo double for the UK filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Not only is Simon lucky enough to pass for Johnny Depp in looks, but he is also the same size as the Hollywood star from his height down to his hand size. So when you are watching the film you never know when you might be catching a glimpse of Simon himself.
Simon has spent many thousands of pounds and countless months of painstaking research to make sure that every aspect of his costumes are as close to the originals as possible – not only the right fabrics, designs, and details, but making those look suitably aged and broken down. Ask yourself would you really want to hire someone who is wearing something you can just buy from a fancy dress shop?
Being such a unique character, you often see impersonators come up with a very over the top caricature-like Captain Jack. Simon makes his characterisation as real to life as possible, as if Johnny Depp has walked off the film set.