Depp Confirms What we Already Suspected About the New Lone Ranger Movie

Namely, that the Lone Ranger will be more of a sidekick and Tonto the real hero in the Western crimefighting duo. No surprise, since Depp has signed on to play Tonto in the Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer reboot (or is that, “re-invention”?) of the character, and Depp, at this stage of his career, probably wouldn’t be playing second-fiddle to no man.

Speaking to EW, Depp confirms as such:

I remember watching it as a kid, with Jay Silverheels and Clayton Moore, and going: ‘Why is the f—ing Lone Ranger telling Tonto what to do?’ I liked Tonto, even at that tender age, and knew Tonto was getting the unpleasant end of the stick here. That’s stuck with me. And when the idea came up [for the movie], I started thinking about Tonto and what could be done in my own small way try to — ‘eliminate’ isn’t possible — but reinvent the relationship, to attempt to take some of the ugliness thrown on the Native Americans, not only in The Lone Ranger, but the way Indians were treated throughout history of cinema, and turn it on its head.

Depp then goes on to talk about how he may or may not be part Indian (he’s apparently unsure of this himself, which is odd), and how he regularly thinks about the idea that he and his ancestors might have been the product of “some horrific rape”, which, uh, is probably not something he’ll want to inject into the “Lone Ranger” movie. I mean, this is a Disney film, right?



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  • Juggernaut

    I suppose it’ll be akin to the relationship between Britt Reid and Kato in the new Green Hornet film. That’ll be fine as long as the Lone Ranger adopts a more heroic character by the end of the film and can ascend to be the hero that he should be by the sequel.

  • Juggernaut

    I suppose it’ll be akin to the relationship between Britt Reid and Kato in the new Green Hornet film. That’ll be fine as long as the Lone Ranger adopts a more heroic character by the end of the film and can ascend to be the hero that he should be by the sequel.

  • Baddog

    Well Depp, because in the days dating back to Cowboys and Indians, Indians were a second class citizen. Furthermore Batman tells robin what to do, Hardy told Laurel what to do, Abbott told Costello what to do. It has always been that way. I won’t be watching this movie.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      What’s wrong with making them more like equals? Just because “It has always been that way” doesn’t make it right. Hell that was the defense of alot of bad things including racism, slavery, serfdom, etc. So yeah definitely not winning an argument with that one. I don’t think Tonto should be calling the shots persay, but he should be leading the way for The Lone Ranger to find his quarry and such. Tonto would be a natural tracker and survivalist, showing Lone Ranger how to do things he wouldn’t have necesarily learned otherwise, but the Lone Ranger would still be every much the hero. I think you’ll be missing out on a good flick.

  • Online72

    I’m only interested in seeing the TV show version [made famous by Clayton] but, I’d be happy with a version that comes from the original radio scripts. But, I’m not interested in any PC stuff. I hate when directors move from the original source so they can “make it their own” ala Tim Burton.

  • You can’t tell me nothing…

    Didn’t Tonto nurse the Lone Ranger back to health and teach him quite a bit? So, it makes sense that Tonto is really the man. I’m cool with it and lord knows, these stories need a change.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      Yes and thank you! If no change comes to things, the stories become creatively stagnant!

      Sent on the go.

  • Worldmusic

    If the Lone Ranger actually existed in history, this sounds like a more REALISTIC/REALITY-based depiction of the old west. I hope it resembles the Coen Brother’s True Grit. This isn’t “PC” Online72, and if you want fantasy, then you SHOULD go looking for the old black & white 1950′s horsecrap shows, or go read a comic book.

  • Worldmusic

    If the Lone Ranger actually existed in history, this sounds like a more REALISTIC/REALITY-based depiction of the old west. I hope it resembles the Coen Brother’s True Grit. This isn’t “PC” Online72, and if you want fantasy, then you SHOULD go looking for the old black & white 1950′s horsecrap shows, or go read a comic book.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      I agree 100%. But the actual Dynamite Comics version was actually really good.

      Sent on the go.

  • Worldmusic

    If the Lone Ranger actually existed in history, this sounds like a more REALISTIC/REALITY-based depiction of the old west. I hope it resembles the Coen Brother’s True Grit. This isn’t “PC” Online72, and if you want fantasy, then you SHOULD go looking for the old black & white 1950′s horsecrap shows, or go read a comic book.