The Lone Ranger

2013

Tonto

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From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films' The Lone Ranger, a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice-taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) and man of the law John Reid (Armie Hammer) are opposites brought together by fate and must join forces to battle greed and corruption. (Source: The Lone Ranger Official Website)

Director: Gore Verbinski

Cast: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Wilkinson

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ABOUT THIS MOVIE

Quotes from Johnny Depp:

"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. 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."
--Johnny Depp
MTV.com
October 12, 2011

"[I'm] an old time Lone Ranger fan. To me Tonto was the stoic fox of the operation. He was the insider in America and the Lone Ranger was the newcomer to the land. I've got a great feel to how Tonto should be played."
--Johnny Depp
ASPENPEAK Magazine

"Preparing for the role of Tonto was just really trying to find a way into the character that was different... As far as research in terms of the Native Americans - the Comanche, the Navaho, those people, the human beings in that area and all Nations really - the goal was really to try to in my own small way to right the many wrongs that have been done to those people and to show Tonto not only as a proud warrior but also as a man outside, just a bit outside."
--Johnny Depp
The Lone Ranger Live Fan Event Q&A
April 16, 2013

"[Working with Gore] is always a pleasure because it's always an adventure, not necessarily just in a physical sense but an adventure into the character... There is a wonderful kind of respect for absurdity and irreverence which is the only way to go through life, I believe. So there is just kind of a thing that happens when we work together that we start feeding each other."
--Johnny Depp
The Lone Ranger Live Fan Event Q&A
April 16, 2013

"I'd actually seen a painting by an artist named Kirby Sattler, and looked at the face of this warrior and thought: 'That's it.' The stripes down the face and across the eyes - it seemed to me like you could almost see the separate sections of the individual, if you know what I mean."
--Johnny Depp
Entertainment Weekly
April 22, 2012

"It just so happened Sattler had painted a bird flying directly behind the warrior's head. It looked to me like it was sitting on top. I thought 'Tonto's got a bird on his head'. It's his spirit guide in a way. It's dead to others, but it's not dead to him. Its very much alive."
--Johnny Depp
Entertainment Weekly
April 22, 2012

"You do start to question your sanity when you're standing on top of a train in like 110-degree heat doing about 50 or 60 (miles per hour) down the track."
--Johnny Depp
New York Daily News
June 30, 2013

"Scout decided to jump over a few obstacles. So yeah, user error."
--Johnny Depp
Mail Online
July 6, 2013

"Scout is a very good horse. Really, he saved my life. I'm trying to buy him."
--Johnny Depp
Mail Online
July 6, 2013

"The production was blessed by the Navajo and the Comanche and I got a call from LaDonna Harris, who has been a Comanche activist for many years, to say that she wanted to adopt me into her family and into the Comanche nation. It's a great honour."
--Johnny Depp
Mail Online
July 6, 2013

"When I was a little kid I'd been told growing up that we had some degree of native American blood in us. I always found that a point of pride."
--Johnny Depp
Yorkshire Post
August 9, 2013

"It was important to also take the way the Native Americans have been portrayed in cinema for however long cinema's been around, to take that idea of them, the cliche of them as savages, and flip that on its head."
--Johnny Depp
Yorkshire Post
August 9, 2013

"The idea of some repercussion from my playing Tonto - I expected it, so long as I know that I have done no harm and have represented, at the very least the Comanche nation, in the proper light... I'm OK. People can critique and dissect and do what they want, but I know that I approached (Tonto) in the right way and that's all that I can do."
--Johnny Depp
The Vancouver Sun
June 25, 2013

"There were nights when I would sleep with the old-man makeup on. I wouldn't take it off because I knew the process was going to be longer in the morning if I took it off. So I slept in the old-man makeup for two or three nights, I think."
--Johnny Depp
Inquirer Entertainment
June 22, 2013

"With Jack Sparrow and Tonto, I think what you're seeing is me, more than anything."
--Johnny Depp
BBC1 News
July 29, 2013

"Ed Wood could come back at any instance he was just such an extreme character that he's just very close to the surface. Raoul, Duke - Hunter, shows up in my life all the time I feel it happening... They're pretty much all there, it might take a few minutes - Tonto, he's still close to the surface."
--Johnny Depp
Jake Hammilton Interview
June 20, 2013

"He had a bird flying behind his head and I thought it was attached to his head and thought, oh, it's not, but it should be."
--Johnny Depp
Jake Hammilton Interview
June 20, 2013

"One (inspiration) came very strongly from painting I found of the internet which was of a warrior with four black stripes down his face which split him into sections and I thought, wow, that's interesting."
--Johnny Depp
Access Hollywood
June 2013

"Tonto was a bag of ingredients, I saw him in sections, the spiritual man, the rage filled warrior, the broken damaged child and this sort of curious aloof... weirdest of things."
--Johnny Depp
Access Hollywood
June 2013)

"We ended up just giggling and became the worse part of the whole thing just trying to keep a straight face at times." (on working with Armie Hammer)
--Johnny Depp
Access Hollywood
June 2013

"You'll be shooting 16 hours a day for what essentially will turn out to be 7 seconds of footage in the film."
--Johnny Depp
Access Hollywood
June 2013

Quotes from others:

"It's all built around Tonto. You've heard the Lone Ranger's story; you just haven't heard it told from this guy, and he was there."
--Gore Verbinski
MTV.com
October 25, 2011

"I always responded to that relationship between Tonto and the Lone Ranger and I thought there was a great opportunity to explore that, and with Johnny and Armie to try something different."
--Gore Verbinski
The Lone Ranger Live Fan Event Q&A
April 16, 2013

"We shot in five states. It rained and it snowed and it was 125 degrees, and we still are getting dust out of our ears. It's the hardest film I ever been on. It was absolutely nuts."
--Gore Verbinski
The Lone Ranger Live Fan Event Q&A
April 16, 2013

"I think the thing that was most important for the [Lone Ranger] character was just the semi-inflated sense of justice - the idea of 'I'm going to bring law and order to this place'. That was what the original Lone Ranger was all about. That's what our Lone Ranger was all about."
--Armie Hammer
The Lone Ranger Live Fan Event Q&A
April 16, 2013

"I was nervous up until like lunch on the first day when I realized - like I was in the line getting food and I was just like, 'This feels just like a bunch of dudes in a room with a camera making a movie.' This is what I love about this!"
--Armie Hammer
Access Hollywood
June 2, 2013

"Johnny is fantastic to work with and it's so much the two of us playing off each other."
--Armie Hammer
Access Hollywood
June 2, 2013

"I've known [Johnny] for 20 years-ish, but he has no idea who I am."
--Armie Hammer
Digital Spy
Aug 5 2013

"We had these scorpion handlers on set for this freak show kind of scene. Now, these scorpions were so massive that you'd barely be able to fit one into a cereal bowl(and) after the scene, we went to check out the dudes who handle them and one of the handlers just opened his mouth and one of the scorpions crawled out. I was like, 'OK, I'm good!' and I walked the hell away, but Johnny said, 'I want to try that!' and just shoved it into his mouth."
--Armie Hammer
Starpulse
June 24, 2013

"[Johnny is] a total character - a bohemian and an artist in the truest sense."
--Armie Hammer
Starpulse
June 24, 2013

"Johnny Depp was a 120 percent involved in his costume. He has a real feel for the visual of the character."
--Penny Rose (costume designer)
Tonto's tailor, New York Post
July 1, 2013

"The bird had a life of its own. The bird had expressions. The bird had movement. He was an excellent bird."
--Penny Rose (costume designer)
Tonto's tailor, New York Post
July 1, 2013

"When you're shooting in 110-degree weather, sometimes in the water, some dust storms and snow at one point, there's no way you would have been able to maintain any continuity if you had used an actual mud-like material."
--Joel Harlow (make-up artist)
Tonto's tailor, New York Post
July 1, 2013

"No one knows that the Lone Ranger had a brother. People are like, "Who are you playing?" and I'm like, "The Lone Ranger's brother" and they go, "Who?!""
--James Badge Dale
The Global Despatch
May 25, 2013

"It was a bit weird when I walked on set and there was Johnny in his usual crazy make-up, tons of make-up. And me looking actually a bit strange too - I had one leg and a peg leg. And there was no Tim. And then we got used to it. Gore Verbinski is very funny. He's worked with Johnny a lot and it was fun."
--Helena Bonham Carter
The Global Despatch
January 26, 2013

"He is funny because he's one of the most beautiful men in the world and he just covers himself up to such a degree, but he does make me laugh. It's always fun with Johnny because you've no idea what he's going to come as. His make-up and his costume is always like - pile it on more... he's somewhere in there. Actually the first time I worked with him he was 120 years old, old, old, make-up, so it might not have been Johnny, in fact it probably wasn't!"
--Helena Bonham Carter
The Global Despatch
January 26, 2013

"We were all quite nervous because we were doing this big read-through in front of the producers and everyone else, and in walks Johnny in full Tonto makeup (laughing). That was the first time I met him."
--Ruth Wilson
New York Daily News
June 30, 2013

"He's really quite quiet and shy. He observes and watches, and has a very subversive humour which he shares with Gore. They see the world slightly differently... the energy they bring on set is just fun and quizzical."
--Ruth Wilson
Digital Spy
Aug 5 2013

"One of the things that I appreciate about Johnny is he doesn't shy away from makeup, even extreme makeup or prosthetic makeup. It's basically a philosophy of whatever it takes to create the character." (On whether Depp has spent more time in the makeup chair than any other actor in Hollywood)
--Joel Harrow
National Public Radio
July 6, 2013

"It's very collaborative. He's very fluent in the art of makeup. He could probably do the job himself; I'm just fortunate enough that he has me doing it. But when we're creating a character, it's very collaborative." (On working with Johnny)
--Joel Harrow
National Public Radio
July 6, 2013

"He has Native American blood in him, you know, and he's an actor... Creating a character, I mean, you can't worry about offending people because what we're doing is fantasy. So no, I wasn't worried about offending anybody. I just wanted to deliver, as an artist, the best version of this character, from my end, that I possibly could. And I think we achieved that."
--Joel Harrow
National Public Radio
July 6, 2013

"We were filming The Rum Diary in Puerto Rico, and I was pulling images for this carnival sequence... One of the images was a copy of this Kirby Sattler painting, I Am Crow, which is basically that [Tonto] look: It's sort of the white war paint with the black stripes. And he pulled that aside and he said, 'Let's hold on to this because this might be a good look for Tonto.' At which time I said, 'You know, do you want to test it? I can start sculpturing nose, prosthetics, whatever we need. Get wigs made, build the bird, and we can put this thing together and take some photos.' And that's ultimately what we did on a weekend. And based on those pictures, that's sort of what re-sparked getting this film made." (on creating Tonto)
--Joel Harrow
National Public Radio
July 6, 2013

"It is a lost art. When they were making hundreds of westerns, you had tremendous access to stuntmen who knew how to fall off horses and do all of those things. Guys today need to relearn this lost art."
--Gore Verbinski
F*** Magazine
June 2013

"This is the reason we took 150 days to shoot." (on Johnny & Armie trading quips during TLR Press Junket)
--Gore Verbinski
Albuquerque Journal
June 20, 2013

"[Johnny is] a very thoughtful human being, and throughout his life and career. He has exhibited traits that are aligned with the values and world-view that Indigenous peoples share."
--LaDonna Harris
Mail Online
June 22, 2013

"There are only three rules that apply to all movies: narrative, narrative and narrative. And The Lone Ranger has all three."
--Tom Wilkinson
Entertainment Weekly
April 14, 2013

"[Working with Verbinski] was an honour and a privilege. Not only does he have the vision that all good directors have but there's the sheer capacity for hard work that such a project demands. That he accomplished all this with such remarkably good grace, temper and humour was truly awesome to behold."
--Tom Wilkinson
Entertainment Weekly
April 14, 2013