Johnny Depp says that The Lone Ranger bombing at the US box office was not his fault. And for the record? Jerry Bruckheimer agrees with him. It also looks like the Lone Ranger himself, Armie Hammer thinks along the same lines as the other two gentlemen.
At least that’s the word around the campfire in England as The Lone Ranger opens countrywide this week in the United Kingdom.
Depp has put it out there that the film did badly because of the critics. He suggested that these heinous individuals had unfair expectations and handed out bad reviews before the film even opened in US cinemas. Depp said, “I think the reviews were written seven to eight months before we released the film,” Depp claimed. “[The critics] had expectations that it must be a blockbuster. I don’t have any expectations of that. I never do.”
Armie Hammer starred as the masked man while Depp donned white face-paint and a stuffed crow to play sidekick Tonto. The film cost a staggering $250 million to make and because of a paltry box office return looks to be around $150 million in the hole.
When the film opened, critics pounded it with almost unanimous panning of the movie and Disney look as though they’ve lost their proverbial shirt on this one. But Johnny Depp says he had nothing to do with The Lone Ranger bombing, and if it could talk, his stuffed crow headdress would probably agree with him.
Jerry Bruckheimer backed up Depp’s assertion when he spoke to Yahoo UK and Ireland. He said, “I think they were reviewing the budget, not reviewing the movie. It’s unfortunate, because the movie is a terrific movie, it’s a great epic film, it has a lot of humour. It’s one of those movies that whatever the critics missed in it this time, they’ll review it in a few years and see that they made a mistake.”
And Armie Hammer, Depp’s two-legged co-star in the film, also said that critics were “gunning” for The Lone Ranger long before it was released. He said, “It’s gotten to an unfortunate place with American critics where if you are not as smart as Plato you are stupid.”
And yes we are as confused as you at hearing that statement.
Mr Hammer claimed that critics didn’t just pick on his movie, but that they picked on World War Z as well. He said, “They tried to do the same thing with ‘World War Z. It didn’t work, the movie was successful. Instead they decided to slit the jugular of our movie.”
Never mind that World War Z did, in fact, get some good reviews; just not ecstatic ones.
But at least one critic has backed up his feelings about the film. Peter Travers, the film critic at Rolling Stone magazine says, “Why is The Lone Ranger such a huge flop at the box office?” he asked. “Because the movie sucks, that’s why.”
But back to Mr Depp, he also claimed that his “Pirates of the Caribbean” director Gore Verbinski, made a “very brave film” which has “an independent feel to it.” We’re not sure how many big budget independent films Johnny Depp has seen, but we can’t recall seeing any.
Director Verbinski said that the film was “counterprogramming” to other big studio films. It was his opinion the the film did so badly because there were no superheroes in the film. So presumably if the Lone Ranger or Silver could fly, the box office would have been better.
Regardless of how well The Lone Ranger does in the UK, you can be rest assured that it won’t be Johnny Depp’s fault that it bombed. And if you ask, Bruckheimer and Hammer will most likely agree. It was those pesky critics again.
By Michael Smith