Johnny Depp Promises His “Lone Ranger” Won’t Be As … Racist

“I remember watching it as a kid, with Jay Silverheels and Clayton Moore, and going: ‘Why is the f**king 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.”

Johnny Depp talks about his reinterpretation of “The Lone Ranger,” which will be directed by Gore Verbinski, the man behind the camera for the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series. The twist on the classic “Ranger” story? That Johnny, who is actually part Native American, will play Tonto, the lead role. The secondary role, The Lone Ranger, has yet to be cast but both Ryan Gosling and Armie Hammer have both been rumored for it. We say: yes! [Huffington Post]

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