October 13th, 2011
11:38 AM ET
[Editor's Note: Larry King's one-on-one special with Johnny Depp airs October 16 at 8 p.m. ET.]
At the time, Disney told CNN that while they were stopping production on the project, which stars Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as the titular cowboy, everyone involved was trying to reach an agreement on the next steps. Reports suggested that budget disagreements between Disney and "Lone Ranger's" producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski were causing the problem.
But it sounds like Depp never lost faith that the "Lone Ranger" would eventually ride into theaters.
He tells MTV, "We knew that the budget was going to be huge initially, and we also knew that it was going to be shut down for a while, and it was kind of like we patiently wait - we shave a little bit here...and they fix it."
As far as playing Tonto, Depp's said before that he hopes to reinvent the character, and it seems he intends to be a little tongue-in-cheek with his portrayal.
"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 as a second class, third class, fourth class citizen" he says to MTV. "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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