In this western action-adventure directed by Gore Verbinski and loosely based on the TV series of the same name, Depp plays Tonto, the Lone Ranger’s Native American sidekick. Ranger John Reid sets out to find the men who killed his brother. Lucky for him, Tonto is there to not only help out, but to help build the legend of the Lone Ranger and keep the evil spirits at bay. Too bad tribal elders say that Tonto has “left the reservation” and should never be trusted with someone’s life. Co-starring Armie Hammer and William Fitchner.
I can remember very well as a little kid, seeing the series on TV. You know, the black and white series with Clayton Moore and the great Jay Silverheels. As a very young child, I was always perturbed by the idea of Tonto being a sidekick… I just thought it was potentially an opportunity to right the wrong. I think it’s great that Tonto makes The Lone Ranger. I think it’s a very poetic way that he creates The Lone Ranger, and I think it’s right, finally.