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Johnny Depp Wants Better For Tonto In His Lone Ranger Flick

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That's just the sort of guy he is!

Though it has been on the back-burner for awhile, Johnny Depp is still signed on to star in the Disney adaptation of the of The Lone Ranger. The role opposite Johnny remains vacant as well, though there have been some who have almost made the cut. Still, just because the film hasn't started production yet, it doesn't mean Johnny hasn't thought about it. In fact, he's given the film a great deal of consideration and the first thing he wants to change in his version is the relationship between the Lone Ranger and his trusted sidekick. He explains:

“I remember watching it as a kid, with Jay Silverheels and Clayton Moore, and going: ‘Why is the f—ing Lone Ranger telling Tonto what to do?’ I liked Tonto, even at that tender age, and knew Tonto was getting the unpleasant end of the stick here. That’s stuck with me. And when the idea came up [for the movie], I started thinking about Tonto and what could be done in my own small way try to — ‘eliminate’ isn’t possible — but reinvent the relationship, 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.”

That's a very good point, one we bet the folks at Disney were all too thrilled to hear.

The issue hits a bit close to home for Johnny as he reveals that he's actually part Native American, possibly "Cherokee or maybe Creek," derived from his great grandmother.

We're pleased to see him have a bit of pride in his heritage! That's something everyone should have! Kudos!

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8 comments to “Johnny Depp Wants Better For Tonto In His Lone Ranger Flick”

  1. 1

    Right…everyone you meet in the US claims to be part Native American. Johnny can't even name a tribe going back to his great grandmother. Hogwash.

    I do look forward to re-tooling the role of Tonto. I liked Tonto better than The Lone Ranger. So dignified and loyal.

  2. 2

    Who the hell is Johnny Depp to change Tonto? Don't you think Native Americans are going to be pissed if the movie industry portrays the Lone Ranger and Tonto as equals. Back then, Native Americans were not treated as equals, they were treated poorly. I guess because Johnny Depp has money and is a movie star, he can rewrite history. Next he will be "redoing" Roots and will slaves will be treated humanly and the white slave owner will politically correct!

  3. 3

    I think the obvious choice to play Tonto right now is Adam Beach

  4. 4

    I love that. I am from Eastern, KY and part Cherokee so I could be related to him. :D But I love what he wants to do with the character.

  5. 5

    Wow. I think this is the third time you have reported this incorrectly. Depp is playing TONTO. They haven't cast the Lone Ranger yet.

  6. 6

    Perez, Johnny Depp "revealed" his American Indian ancestry about 20 years ago.
    Just look at a picture of him from his "21 Jump Street" days. It's pretty obvious.

  7. Stepy says – reply to this


    Re: caroaber – hah I was going to say the same thing! He's very obviously part Native American….its part of what makes him so damn hot ;)

    Part of me wonders if we should just leave it alone…but part of me agrees that Tonto deserved(s) better treatement. I guess as long as the main points stay the same…the relationship can be a bit more equal!

    Im sure theyll find a way to make it work!

  8. @v@ says – reply to this


    A politically correct Tonto? Seeing as how the tales of the Lone Ranger and Tonto were fictional to start with, they could I guess. I remember feeling annoyed about that too, but figured Tonto's native savvy and tracking abilities equalled the Lone Ranger's missions foisted upon them by the white man. I just figured it was a job for hire, and Tonto was hired and worked for the Lone Ranger, who worked for the man.