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Armie Hammer: A Handful Of Native Americans Say Johnny Depp's Portrayal Is Just Fine!

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A lot of people are worried and feeling slightly uneasy at the thought of Johnny Depp — regardless of his acting chops and charisma — playing a Native American without actually being one (check him out above)!

Though, to be fair, he IS an honorary member of the Comanche tribe.

And Armie Hammer (AKA The Lone Ranger himself) says that it's totally cool because he talked to a few Native Americans and they said they were fine with it! LOLz!

Honestly, if we were a Native American actor and had to watch a tailored-role go to a famous white guy, we might be a little upset too (on top of whether or not Depp's portrayal is actually offensive!)! Here's what he said about it being white people who actually have the problem with Tonto:

“They were nothing but excited about it. They loved it — they’re thrilled. It’s so funny, because every Native American we talked to was like, ‘This is awesome! I’m so excited.’ And every white person we talked to was like, ‘How dare you cast a non-Native American?’ It’s like, the white people are the one who have the problem, but the Indians — the Native Americans — are like, ‘This is great. We love it.’”

We're sure some of those Native Americans DID honestly enjoy the casting, but some of them were probably paid extras or consultants to keep everything on track!

Honestly, we'll have to see the flick before we come to a decision. Until then, we do wish more Native Americans (and other ethnicities other than famous white people) were given chances at awesome roles! We're probably missing out on so much talent!!

We still LURVE Johnny Depp, though, and he probably doesn't mean for anything to come off as offensive!

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26 comments to “Armie Hammer: A Handful Of Native Americans Say Johnny Depp's Portrayal Is Just Fine!”

  1. c.yeahpau says – reply to this


    i am from lawton oklahoma and im Comanche to me its one of the best feeling knowing johhny depp is a honorary member of our tribe, and to me he plays it just fine… honestly if anything its probably white people that are saying anything but if our tribe and our people are ok with it why should any one else bug? its not often anyone remember we exist lol just my personal thoughts

  2. c.yeahpau says – reply to this


    and another thing i also wish that we as native american would get more recognition mainly because we are an under appreciated race i know a lot of people seem to think we are still living in tepee and shooting bow and arrows lol (where not) . we as a culture have been through hell in back and have always been put on the back burners, i think Johnny Depp had put us on a map and hopefully us natives will take advantage of it lol thats just me tho and im a new generation :)

  3. Melman says – reply to this


    Comanches adopted him, Navajos welcomed him, and also some respected elders have defended him, and they have many many native americans actors/extras/crew/consultants working on the movie…so it seems that only the "white man" is making a big deal of this.

  4. 4

    Armie is the new Brenden Frasier.. O>-< *swoon*

  5. messygirl says – reply to this


    Acting chops?! HA! Johnny Depp may be cute, but he has the acting range of a houseplant. He plays EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER the EXACT SAME WAY! "Quirky, sensitive, quiet" — that sums up every single character he's ever played. He has ZERO acting range.

  6. 6

    The writing pattern of every single story on this site is getting beyond tired. Remember when Perez wrote this stuff and he actually had an opinion? Not this fake forced PC drivel. 6 years ago you would have told anyone complaining about this to stfu and just enjoy the movie, those days are so far gone its sad.

  7. JayMc says – reply to this


    This is American where hardly anyone is full blooded anything. The majority of the population is mixed in some way. Johnny Depp has Cherokee ancestory so why is this a big deal? Some people just need a reason to complain.

  8. 8

    I would be more worried that he will do to the Lone Ranger what he has done to all of his remakes. SUCK them up. He is great in original stuff but his remakes are sad

  9. lala says – reply to this


    White people have become scared of offending anyone we were horrible/oppressed in the past. I'm sure we did something nasty to our shadows at some point.

  10. Gill says – reply to this


    Umm.. he is part Native actually.

  11. Rover Hawk says – reply to this


    Re: messygirl – Quirky characters, sensitive characters, quiet characters…throw in a killing psychopath, FBIagent, bank robber, drug dealer, a couple of bio pics, some brits,a couple of really unlikable ones with a dash of hearthrobs(?). Quite an unique range if you ask me. Although the best thing is that he does them all like no one else. Not sure about the cute part though, he's just about alright with a nice face.

  12. 12

    just an FYI, this movie would not have been made with another actor in the role of Tonto. Johnny Depp is the only reason this thing got made and he wanted to play Tonto. End of story. Also his look is completely taken from a painting by Kirby Sattler, it's not just something he pulled out of his a** saying, "oh, I wonder what will offend the maximum amount of people." And there are native tribes called Apsaroke Indians that wear birds on their heads, Johnny Depp has NA heritage, and he's played a NA before in The Brave, in a beautiful performance might I add. So white people should do some research before throwing around accusations.

  13. Bevi says – reply to this


    Re: messygirl – And the thing is, it doesn't matter! He's just wonderful.

  14. ann says – reply to this


    Depp has Cherokee ancestry.

  15. Scaramanga says – reply to this


    Johnny's great grandmother was full blooded Cherokee, by the way. He does have some Indian in him.

  16. Scaramanga says – reply to this


    Re: messygirl – You obviously haven't seen his entire catalog of movies. You're WAY off. The actor with no acting range is Tom Cruise. He's ALWAYS Tom Cruise.

  17. Yousef says – reply to this


    Re: messygirl – are you talking about george clooney or tom cruise or something? His performances are always diffrent from each other and so is his characters and movies . He played a vampire and a journalist and a pirate and ahatter and a bank robber and a barber and so on and on and on , So,how the hell he has no range,are you kidding me? Btw he have been nominated for the oscar 3 times and he have won the golden globe and the screen actors guild award not mention his bafta critics choice award noms ,, he's an Amazing actor with an unbelievabl range

  18. tega says – reply to this


    Re: messygirl – Hey messsygirl: Do you make 25 million plus per gig not counting the percentage of marketing which is in every contract for each movie you make???? Do you have millions of fans who love and adore you and can you still do what you love (Johnny playing guitar) and not have to count on that for a living? Didn't think so.

  19. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: tega – Kind of low to play the money card. Youse mad?

  20. tega says – reply to this


    Re: @v@ – I wasn't trying to be low. I was just trying to prove that Johnny hasn't come this far with talent "the range of a houseplant" and was said here. If anybody was low in this forum it was the person who posted that comment.

  21. Colonized Mutant says – reply to this


    this is like saying, "Some of my best friends are First Nations, so…it's ok!"

  22. Dorothy Gibson says – reply to this


    Dose anyone know when the London premier of this movie is

  23. Nakwetsie says – reply to this


    I'm half native, my mother being full. While I'm not offended about a white guy playing Indian, it's a bit confusing why they didn't cast a native. It would have been more interesting if they had a Native American portray the Lone Ranger. I'm a bit more offended by Mr. Depp saying he's NA since he has a very small percentage of and which he has never had a connection with.

  24. truthbomb says – reply to this


    perez, have you seen the pics of what johnny depp looks like in the movie?? it's some sort of native/nightmare before christmas/hollywood bullshit. johnny depp is not native and i don't care if any individual natives decided to "honor" him or not. his portrayal is bullshit and armie hammer is freaking clueless–i don't care what armie hammer has to say about being native!

    perez, check this site out:

    it's written by a cherokee woman at harvard and i think she makes a lot of good points and explains things well. peace.

  25. truthbombing says – reply to this


    Re: Gill – nope. he has alluded to it, but the cherokee tribe keeps a record of their members dating back to resettlement. they have even made statements asking johnny (and other fake hollywood wannabes) to stop claiming.

  26. truthbomber says – reply to this


    Re: truthbomb – the site is "native appropriations"