Johnny Depp was fond of ‘The Lone Ranger’ character Tonto

May 10th, 2011 - 12:34 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Los Angeles, May 9 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Johnny Depp has revealed his fondness for “The Lone Ranger” character Tonto. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Depp revealed that he watched the highly popular 70s television show while he was young. Depp is currently working on a movie version of the show. The movie will be directed by Gore Verbinski who directed “Pirates of the Caribbean.” There has been no indication on when the movie’s production will start.

Depp is motivated to make the movie because he believes the Native Americans are not treated well in US cinemas. He said that, “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.”

He also revealed his likeness for Tonto. He is not convinced that Tonto should always be receiving instructions from the “Lone Ranger”. Depp is a Native American descendant and he feels strongly about the way that Tonto is portrayed in the movie. He told the newspaper that he wants to use his influence to change the perception about Native Americans.

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