Johnny Depp talks about Playing Tonto in THE LONE RANGER
Johnny Depp has been attached to the role of Tonto in Disney's big screen adaptation of The Lone Ranger almost since the film was first announced. In a recent interview with EW, the actor talks a little bit about the role and what he will bring to the character. One thing he is looking to do with Tonto is correct the way in which Native Americans are portrayed in Hollywood.
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.
Depp also talked about how he thinks the movie is going to turn out saying,
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.
So it sounds like The Lone Ranger is going to have a good amount of comedy in it, which is cool! I can see how there can be a lot of room for some humor. The film will be directed by Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean), and will most likely start shooting after Depp is finished with Tim Burton's adaptation of Dark Shadows.
Depp always brings something special and original to the characters he plays, and I can't wait to see what he does with Tonto.