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Johnny Depp & Armie Hammer Blame Lone Ranger Flop On Meanie Film Critics! Again!

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Look, we LOVE us some Johnny Depp!

He's a triple-certified hottie with an uber-charming personality — the man could make ten box office bombs in a row and he would still be our go-to guy!

So believe us when we say The Lone Ranger was one of the most forgettably mediocre movies of the Summer!

Despite our never-ending affection for the legendary actor and his hunk-tastic co-star Armie Hammer, the flick failed to impress just about everyone with eyes, ears, and a modicum of taste!

Johnny has a theory on his film's lukewarm reception, though — he swears it's the critics' fault!!

The actor revealed:

“I think the reviews were written seven-to-eight months before we released the film. I think the reviews were written when they heard Gore [Verbinksi] and Jerry [Bruckheimer] and me were going to do ‘The Lone Ranger’. They had expectations that it must be a blockbuster. I didn’t have any expectations of that. I never do.”

Wait, didn't he already blame them a few weeks ago?

Yup! But this time he brought along a co-star to agree with him!!

(Stop! Hammer time!)

Armie added:

“I have a delightful opinion about that [my publicist] is gonna get mad at me for sharing. But I’m going to tell you. This is the deal with American critics: they’ve been gunning for our movie since it was shut down the first time, that’s when most of the critics wrote their initial reviews. If you go back and read the negative reviews, most of them aren’t about the content of the movie, but more what’s behind it. It’s got to the point with American critics where if you’re not as smart as Plato, your stupid. That seems like a sad way to live your life. While we were making it we knew people were gunning for it. I think it was the popular thing when the movie hit rocky terrain they jumped on the bandwagon to try and bash it. They tried to do the same thing with to ‘World War Z’, it didn’t work, the movie was successful. Instead they decided to slit the jugular of our movie.”

Slit the jugular? Boy, that's some graphic imagery!

Regardless of who is at fault, we can all agree on one thing:

These guys should take off their shirts, oil each other up, and shoot a seXXXy Lone Ranger/Tonto calendar!!!

Now that is something we would pay to see!

[Image via Disney.]

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36 comments to “Johnny Depp & Armie Hammer Blame Lone Ranger Flop On Meanie Film Critics! Again!”

  1. Nicole says – reply to this


    I also blame the critics but I blame the selfishness of Amber too. The film is great and Johnny was amazing as Tonto

  2. teeter totter says – reply to this


    I saw a preview and it just looked bad. Next time try doing something original instead of a remake.

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    Everything Armie said is true. The movie might suck too, but he is 100% that people wanted it to fail for almost a year before it was released. Kind of like what your trying to do with GaGa right now…

  4. beach says – reply to this


    Contrary to critics and people like you, several people have told me they loved it. So many that I will go see it. Critics are ridiculous, and you just go with the flow. Hell, I bet you didn't even see the movie.

  5. olivia says – reply to this


    Um, not I think it failed because they cast Johnny Depp as a native american. Who thought that was going to end well?

  6. kristina says – reply to this


    Nope! I didn't read any reviews, i just watched the crappy trailers got a sniff of Disney and kknew it would suck! And i am a formerly crazed Johnny Depp fan, i even liked The Astronauts Wife and the Ninth Gate, but when he turned himself into a Gay Pirate Clown for Disney and sold out by making those aweful Caribbean movies ( im also a fan of the ride) It killed it for me! I am so over you Johnny if you keep making crap!

  7. 7

    Re: olivia – Depp is part native American.

  8. 8

    Its a great movie!!! Loved it!

  9. A says – reply to this


    no, it flopped because johnny depp is NOT native american, he was not RAISED native american, and he does not celebrate native american culture either. there are a ton of native american actors that would have been wonderful for this role, and unfortunately, a white actor got cast - which is sad. and this is coming from a huge johnny depp fan, but i did not support this movie in any way shape or form.

  10. tega says – reply to this


    Re: A – And do you REALLY think the critics would have liked it then? They needed a superstar like Johnny who knows Gore Verbinski and Jerry Bruckheimer to make it work. Problem is that some US people let themselves be brainwashed by critics who need no credentials whatsoever to be one. Many people who saw the movie loved it and continue to love it going back to see it again and again b/c it is so much to absorb in one sitting. It was too much for their narrow minds.

  11. Matte says – reply to this


    This movie received bad press since it was announced!

  12. lizziebob says – reply to this


    If Tonto and the Lone Ranger went gay for each other and got married in California the critics would have loved it. The critics liked the Avengers that was the worst sort of hardware cr@p I have ever seen, and I am one of the few people who like the first Bat Man movie that Tim Burton directed!!Even HE didn't like that movie. So I can't say I have the best taste, now I wish I had seen the Lone Ranger. Really never trust the critics, going to a movie now a days amounts to Los Vegas odds whether it is good or not.

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    Re: lizziebob – Few people you liked the first Batman movie? It has a 77% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It is, and always has been, a very well respected film.

  14. SilentNight700 says – reply to this


    Re: A

    Johnny wanted to use is stardom power to show sympathy for the Native Americans. By him playing that part, he felt he's showing his concern(I know you know this already). That got mixed reactions from Native Americans, regardless of his heart being in the right place. And since he's White with Native American in his bloodline(a few drops from grandma), he felt that was enough. I have Choctaw blood running through these veins, but I never claim it because it's just a few drops from my great great grandparents. I am Black. He got away with it more that I could have. If I was famous and wanted to portray Sacagawea, giving her my stardom power, they woulda been like go Africa with that mess lol But Johnny is White, so it's "less insulting". Did I get offended when Robert Downey Jr. played a Black dude in tropical thunder? No. I actually thought it was funny. He was exceptional because his humor matched. Not many dudes coulda pulled that off.
    I do agree that ethnicities should be played by the matching ethnicity, but you have Johnnys in this world that and Roberts too, that show themselves as graceful or versatile in their decision of coming outside themselves, as another being.

  15. SilentNight700 says – reply to this


    -"go 'back' to Africa with that mess" XD

  16. Robert says – reply to this


    Well, he can hardly blame the folks from the Mid-West twice.

  17. dddff says – reply to this


    I do not read reviews. But the first time I saw a trailer for the movie it just looked horrible. Johnny in that stupid make up looked laughable.

  18. tega says – reply to this


    Re: dddff – Johnny copied the look from a picture he found of a native American warrior. I hope you realize by saying Johnny looked stupid, then you are also saying the native American did and the make up with the lines represents something but of course you wouldn't know what that means either.

  19. tega says – reply to this


    What the US critics failed to realize that Johnny could be either paralyzed or dead right now if his horse had not jumped over him. I know the horses are trained but anything can freak out an animal. They endured excessive heat, wind storms, hail storms, desert storms, caravanned through five states and drove 2 hours into the desert on some locations there and back to locations white man has not been allowed in a very long time. If Johnny had not survived the fall of the horse those critics would now be saying what a great actor he was our how great the movie could have been, etc. I saw the movie three times and loved it even more each time.

  20. kelly says – reply to this


    The movie wasn't bad except i figured it would be more kid friendly. I think if some of the more or the violent parts were left out the ratings would have been better and targeted a different age group in stead of the one it was aiming for.

  21. bm says – reply to this


    I thought the same things that JD said.
    Some months ago the movie was called a flop by some critics and tabloids and I asked to myself how they could know that. I went and saw it and I can tell that critics tell better of some worse movies. Of corse people don't listen to the critics but sometimes read tabloids and Johnny dated this new girl… Even this fact of the native/ no native.
    So who remains?
    Just me and few others…

  22. ozmed says – reply to this


    Did anyone at the movie studio do any market research and asked the simple question of who wants a Lone Ranger film? The general world wide public are over westerns.

  23. 23

    I really doubt it had much to do with critics. It was a combination of a lot of things starting with the fact that remakes NEVER turn out well, and people are getting REALLY tired of them. Then there is also the Johnny Depp factor. A lot of people are over him and feel he hasn't worked on anything that matters in a long time. Pirates of the Caribbean and Tim Burton movies are pretty meaningless. It's also a little lame that they cast him instead of a true native American. And I don't want to hear about how he is "part" native american. a lot of Americans have native american blood in then somewhere. That isn't the same. And lastly, there is the fact that a western movie is just REALLY hard to sell these days.

    The movie was destined to flop. Critics are not to blame.

  24. 24

    I was hoping for Brad Pitt to play the lone ranger and they have a few broke back mountain scenes. But to me Johnny Depp is got to face it he has pulled out and used most of his faces in his pocket and it is time to move on and focus on music or producing movies.

  25. tega says – reply to this


    Re: Lady Amalthea – Did you even see this movie??? If not maybe you should before you form an opinion and do you REALLY think the critics would have liked it better with a "real" native American? They had it in for the movie right from the beginning when there were budget problems. If it was so bad then why did 77% of the audience vote it a "like" on rotten tomatoes v. the 23% of the critics?????

  26. 26

    Re: tega – Are you REALLY gonna try and debate me over whether or not the movie was good???? REALLY? It's a matter of f***ing opinion kid. Mine is the movie is a waste. I'm clearly not the only one that felt that way since it didn't do to well.

    Also, I never said that if they used a real native american the movie would have faired better in the eyes of the critics or otherwise. It was one of MANY issues that set the movie up for failure. Which was the whole point of my post.

    Lastly, I didn't even SAY if I thought the movie was good or not. I just said those are the reasons why it flopped.

    Take your meds and chill out.

  27. Nicole says – reply to this


    I saw the film, last night, wow, the movie is magnifique!!!!!!!

  28. Kim says – reply to this


    Re: tega – Sorry stan! They put in all the effort to make a CRAP. If only a part of the effort that went into slapping Depp (yet again!) with that elaborate make-up and shifting the huge set pieces to middle of no-where (the main reason the movie's budget inflated ridiculously) was put in actually creating a good story-line and strong characters it'd met with a way better fate. Critics sabotaged WWZ as well but it fared way better, when it comes to summer blockbusters ppl will see them anyway and critics aren't the pririty. POTC movies didn't get good reviews as well but that didn't stop them from becoming big hits, right?? PPL aren't interested in seeing goofy westerns or the Lone Ranger and are clearly tired of Depp being nothing but a made-up caricature. Jack Sparrow was more than enough. Disney and Depp were greedy for another money-spinning franchise and have (thankfully!) burnt their fingers.

  29. Andy says – reply to this


    About the movies,long time that Tim burton does not meets with Johnny.¿they are distant ?Its strange.

  30. 30

    THEY"RE RIGHT. my brother and me fucking loved this movie. he was quoting it the whole next day, and it elicited the whole Range of emotions out of me. i fucking LOVED it. fuck critics and i liked Gatsby too having read the book many times and seen the original film adaptation X

  31. EMMA says – reply to this


    JOHNNY DEPP<3 I CALL DIBS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. SilentNight700 says – reply to this


    Re: Andy

    I heard from someone, in another one of these articles, said that a lot of Johnny's friends do not like amber, putting a wedge between their friendship. Tim might be one of them that they were talking about.

  33. Sara says – reply to this


    Honestly? I saw the previews for it and I thought it was going to be awful but it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. In fact, I quite enjoyed it. Johnny and Armie were great in their roles and I'd see it again.

  34. tega says – reply to this


    Re: Lady Amalthea – F.Y.I . - You are entitled to your opinion but if 77% of the audiences voted it a "like" on Rotten Tomatoes vs. the 23% of the critics which only goes to show the critics, along with you, know nothing about good entertainment and don't appreciate it.

  35. tega says – reply to this


    Re: Kim – That "elaborate make up" was copied from a photograph Johnny found of an native American warrior. They traveled into the "middle of nowhere" which was sacred land white man has not be allowed to travel on for many years and the tribes did ceremonial dances before shooting on some of the locations. That scenery was beautiful and you or nobody else will ever be allowed to even get near it so you really should appreciate their efforts for bringing it to you.

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    Re: kristina – jack sparrow and the pirates is the best thing that happened to him