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?