May 11th, 2011
06:00 AM ET
Whoever lands the job of “The Lone Ranger” in the upcoming film, they better be prepared to share the spotlight with Tonto: Johnny Depp is envisioning the famed Western character as more than a sidekick.
“The Pirates of the Caribbean” star tells Entertainment Weekly that he wants to “reinvent” the relationship that Tonto has with the Lone Ranger.
“I remember watching it as a kid…and going, ‘Why is the f-- Lone Ranger always telling Tonto what to do? I liked Tonto, even at that tender age, and knew that Tonto was getting the unpleasant end of the stick here. That’s stuck with me.”
So when talk about a movie came up, Depp, who says he has some Native American ancestry, began thinking about how he can even out their relationship.
“I started thinking about Tonto and what can be done in my own small way to try to – ‘eliminate’ isn’t possible – but reinvent the relationship," Depp says. He'd like 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.”
“Social Network” actor Armie Hammer is currently being eyed to saddle up as the “Lone Ranger,” which is expected to arrive in theaters in 2014.
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