Johnny Depp Talks The Lone Ranger Movie, Playing Tonto

The last time I made a “Lone Ranger” post, some dude rambled on about American racism and other (not-at-all-regurgitating mindlessly) things he read while in college. Which is to say, that dude is not going to like this story, because EW has an interview with Johnny Depp where the actor reiterates his desire to play Tonto in the upcoming Jerry Bruckheimer-produced Disney movie, and how he plans to approach the character. Also, I think he gives us a clue as to how they’re going to “modernize” the story in terms of Tonto’s relationship with the Lone Ranger.

I think it’s going to be good, when we have a chance to put it up on its feet. What we’ve got so far screenplay-wise is really great, really funny… I always felt Native Americans were badly portrayed in Hollywood films over the decades. It’s a real opportunity for me to give a salute to them. Tonto was a sidekick in all the Lone Ranger series. [This film] is a very different approach to that partnership. And a funny one I think.

I’m guessing the Lone Ranger and Tonto’s partnership will be just that, more of a partnership ala Britt Reid and Kato in the current “Green Hornet” movie, where it’s not all “white man knows best, you token minority sidekick do as you’re told!”

Of course, Bruckheimer and company needs to find a suitable Lone Ranger first…