“The Lone Ranger” has taken a while to get started, but now that it’s nearing its filming start date, both we here at MTV News and the stars of the project can’t wait to see the final product. We recently caught up with Armie Hammer, who plays the titular Lone Ranger in the movie, and he gushed about his onscreen sidekick Johnny Depp.
“He is a fantastic Tonto. And we have gotten to spend time together and work on the stuff, which is great,” Hammer said. “And we’re about to spend the next seven months together working on this stuff, so it’s exciting.”
For those who didn’t know already, this Gore Verbinski-directed take on the beloved TV series will spin the traditional tale on its head. Tonto will be the main character in the film with the Lone Ranger taking the back-burner this time around. But that won’t stop both actors from having plenty of time in the limelight.
“It’s very much like a buddy comedy,” Hammer explained. “It’s sort of like these two guys agreeing, and disagreeing, and getting along and then not getting along. There’s all kind of stuff rolled into it. It’s like an action adventure [film], it takes place on the frontier so it’s not expressly like a Western with the twirling guns and stuff like that, but it’s going to be fun.”
When MTV News caught up with Depp in October, he explained why the character of Tonto is important to him.
“I like the character. I think I have interesting plans for the character, and I think the film itself could be entertaining and very funny,” he said. “But also I like the idea of having the opportunity to make fun of the idea of the Indian as a sidekick — which has always been [the case] throughout the history of Hollywood, the Native American has always been a second-class, third-class, fourth-class citizen, and I don’t see Tonto that way at all. So it’s an opportunity for me to salute Native Americans.”
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