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Johnny Depp Says 'Lone Ranger' Will 'Thank' And 'Respect' Native Americans

Posted by on Jul. 2, 2013 at 7:52 AM
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After four installments of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, Johnny Depp reunites with director Gore Verbinski for a decidedly different sort of adventure — a western — in "The Lone Ranger." Although the prospect of joining Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer was no doubt tantalizing, Depp revealed that he felt a personal motivation for playing the iconic role of Tonto.

"It was something I felt a pretty intense passion for, for a long time," Depp told MTV News. "Just taking into consideration the way that Native Americans have been portrayed in old-school TV series as sidekicks or savages. I just thought it was a way to flip it completely on its head and an opportunity to send great respect and thanks to the Native Americans for all they've lived through and went through in their existence. I guess it was to portray the Native American with the integrity and dignity that they deserve."

Johnny Depp Felt 'Intense Passion' For 'Lone Ranger' Character

Depp famously brought so many unique elements to his portrayal of Jack Sparrow in the "Pirates" movies, which might lead one to believe he's self-sufficient when it comes to performing onscreen. But Depp said he truly enjoyed the interplay he experienced with co-star Armie Hammer, who plays the Ranger himself.

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"When you're in the ring and the camera's rolling, you're out there with your character and your partner, you never know what's going to happen," Depp observed. "Nothing's ever really planned; you just go out there and do your stuff and see what happens — and Armie was very good about that. A lot of guys are extremely rigid in their delivery or their intent, but Armie can movie around a lot."

Depp also said that his collaboration with Hammer led to some terrific chemistry between their characters, especially since Tonto was typically relegated to being the Lone Ranger's sidekick. "That was very, very nice," he said. "That would impact the character greatly because I think Tonto basically thought the Lone Ranger was an idiot."

"The Lone Ranger" opens in theaters nationwide July 3.

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turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Jul. 2, 2013 at 8:22 AM

I wondered at how he would portray Tonto.  As a kid I grew up with the Lone Ranger and Tonto and my first thought about JD playing Tonto was how this was going to go down.  

NA in hollywood were from my memories white people with painted skin.  Tonto was like a sidekick who spoke broken English while revering his "friend".

I really didnt want to associate JD with Tonto...in fact I thought these shows are a reminder of a bad time of racial prejudices.  Especially toward the NA.

I hope he doesnt use the word kemosabe considering the amount of contraversy surrounding the word.

greenie63
by Silver Member on Jul. 2, 2013 at 8:24 AM
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I'd believe anything Johnny Depp says. Yummmmmmmmmmm! 

stormcris
by Christy on Jul. 2, 2013 at 8:25 AM

From the previews it seems that Tonto is the lead character for this film. So, I am not sure how this is going to go down either.

Quoting turtle68:

I wondered at how he would portray Tonto.  As a kid I grew up with the Lone Ranger and Tonto and my first thought about JD playing Tonto was how this was going to go down.  

NA in hollywood were from my memories white people with painted skin.  Tonto was like a sidekick who spoke broken English while revering his "friend".

I really didnt want to associate JD with Tonto...in fact I thought these shows are a reminder of a bad time of racial prejudices.  Especially toward the NA.

I hope he doesnt use the word kemosabe considering the amount of contraversy surrounding the word.


NWP
by guerrilla girl on Jul. 2, 2013 at 9:01 AM
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I just wish he would stop making movies where he covers that beautiful face in makeup. TAKE IT OFF! LOL
Anonopotamus
by on Jul. 2, 2013 at 9:47 AM
He's such a tool.

There are a few articles about him on the "Native Appropriations" blog/website.

emeraldangel20
by on Jul. 2, 2013 at 10:37 AM
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Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio are my two favorite leading men.
shannonnigans
by Platinum Member on Jul. 2, 2013 at 10:54 AM
I keep trying to see the attraction to Johnny Depp, and I know I'm the only one, but I don't get it. He just seems extremely effeminate to me.
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stormcris
by Christy on Jul. 2, 2013 at 10:56 AM
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I see him as eccentric not effeminate.*shrug*

Quoting shannonnigans:

I keep trying to see the attraction to Johnny Depp, and I know I'm the only one, but I don't get it. He just seems extremely effeminate to me.


shannonnigans
by Platinum Member on Jul. 2, 2013 at 10:59 AM
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I know. I try to find him attractive, seriously, but it just doesn't click for me. By the way, he's not ugly - he's ok.... And again, I find him a little femme.
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KamWorthy
by Silver Member on Jul. 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM
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I saw the movie, they were very careful not to disrespect Native Americans.
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