Johnny Depp Makes Surprise Appearance at Indian Parade [VIDEO]
After a couple of studios failed in their attempts to produce a commercially successful “Lone Ranger” film, it appears that Columbia Pictures and Classic Media are giving the classic 1949 series a good go at it. On Wednesday, Johnny Depp wrangled his trusty steed while shooting scenes for the film in Los Angeles. Dressed as the character Tonto, the actor was seen riding a horse in full costume, baring his toned arms while shirtless.
Depp’s connection with the film drew the attention of the Comanche Indian tribe, who last May, made the actor an honorary tribal member for life. Perhaps that’s why Depp left the set of the “Lone Ranger” to attend the Comanche Nation Fair in Oklahoma on Saturday.
TMZ reports that Depp’s appearance at the 21st Comanche Nation Fair in Lawton, OK was not publicized in order to keep the focus on parade participants.
Depp has previously revealed he has Native America Heritage. His great-grandmother grew up Cherokee or Creek Indian. Makes sense in terms of coming from Kentucky, which is rife with Cherokee and Creek
The actor recently revealed why he wants to play Tonto, saying he aims “to mess around with the stereotype of the American Indian that has been laid out through history, or the history of cinema at the very least especially Tonto as the sidekick.”
Before wrapping up Wednesday’s shoot, Depp, 47, looked confident as he straddled the towering animal. The scene appeared to show Tonto mounting his horse before charging off.
The film will follow the adventures of a masked ex-Texas Ranger who is aided by his Native American companion Tonto to fight injustice in the American Old West.
Shooting on the film started in February in New Mexico, and is set to wrap at the end of September.
The Lone Ranger first appeared in 1933 in a wildly popular radio show which spawned an equally popular television show that ran from 1949 to 1957, as well as comic books and movies.
Depp has previously revealed he has Native American heritage.
There were two previous attempts at Lone Ranger films in 1981 and a TV movie in 2003, but they weren’t received as well as expected by fans.
The film has been a long time coming; Columbia Pictures and Classic Media announced their intention to make a Lone Ranger film in 2002.
After years stuck in development, Disney announced in 2008 they had cast Depp to play Tonto.
The film is expected to be released in 2013.
Depp is serving as Grand Marshall for the tribe’s Fair this Saturday.