Johnny Depp Talks Tonto & the Comedic Aspect of THE LONE RANGER

Johnny Depp has dropped some details surrounding the upcoming Disney Studios' The Lone Ranger, hinting at the movie's comedic tone and how he plans to portray the film's sidekick Tonto in a new and different way.

"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," said Depp on The Lone Ranger.

Gore Verbinski is set to direct the upcoming film and in doing so marks yet another team-up between Depp and the Pirates of the Caribbean director. The film is said to be a unique take on the historic character and his partnership with Tonto. No casting has been made for the title role at this time.

"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," said Depp.

Back in March, producer Jerry Bruckheimer stated that the movie will be an origin story beginning with the title character's time as a Texas Ranger. Johnny Depp is set to star as Tonto, and director Gore Verbinski (Rango) is at it's helm. You can check out the film's official logo HERE!



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Interesting John  |  Web Developer

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So basically, a Green Hornet prequel Stare

Phinehas

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Comedic tone for LR?? Fail.

Upupandaway

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Interesting John wrote:

So basically, a Green Hornet prequel :|

My thoughts exactly.

CrossTheGrigori

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Is one of the jokes that it's another white guy playing a Native?

Cause that one's not really funny.

I'd be all over this if Depp were playing the Lone Ranger, but it's annoying that they cast him as something he's not. I'm not up in arms over this, mind you. Hemmsworth isn't really Nordic. People fake accents all the time... most actors are playing something they aren't... and all those aliens in Star Trek weren't really aliens... but it's annoying.

If Gene Roddenberry hadn't been such a racist, we'd have had REAL Klingons playing the Klingons.

Wait.

Nevermind. I'm sure it'll be a good film.

Keven  |  Senior Editor

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Depp is part Cherokee - so he has native blood in him. Google pics of him in that black and white western thing he did in the early 90's.

he can play Tonto.

Interesting John  |  Web Developer

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Keven wrote:

Depp is part Cherokee - so he has native blood in him. Google pics of him in that black and white western thing he did in the early 90's.

he can play Tonto.

He's like 1/16, does that even count? Tongue

Boy October

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Interesting John wrote:
Keven wrote:

Depp is part Cherokee - so he has native blood in him. Google pics of him in that black and white western thing he did in the early 90's.

he can play Tonto.

He's like 1/16, does that even count? :P

It doesn't. I'm 1/16 Cherokee, as well. It doesn't count unless you're at least 1/4.......legally, anyway.

Keven  |  Senior Editor

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yeah but look at him - Depp is so tanned he could play a non-white person with ease. again -

Ranger14

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I was very disappointed in this casting. As much as I like Depp, they should have cast an actual Native American like Adam Beach or Eddie Spears. A tanned white person for the role of Tonto? Seriously?