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Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013 8:00 pm | Updated: 11:29 am, Mon May 13, 2013.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Hollywood image of Tonto once had the Lone Ranger’s sidekick wearing a thin headband and lots of dangling fringes. The latest Disney version has a shirtless Johnny Depp adorned with feathers, a face painted white with black stripes, and a stuffed crow on his head.

The character in the upcoming The Lone Ranger still speaks broken English and chants prayers. But Depp has said he’s less subservient, honors the proud American Indian warrior and displays a dry sense of humor seen throughout Indian Country. The production even hired a Comanche adviser, making it decidedly a Comanche story, and received the blessing of other tribes through ceremonies during filming.

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3 comments:

  • Chimayóso posted at 6:58 am on Mon, May 13, 2013.

    Chimayóso Posts: 6

    See also "Jay Silverheels, Kemo Sabe" by Dawn Moore (Clayton's daughter) @ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dawn-moore/tonto-johnny-depp_b_1000477.html

     
  • Isaac Curley posted at 1:06 am on Mon, May 13, 2013.

    Isaac Curley Posts: 2

    Oops...that is The Lone Ranger, not Long. [beam]

     
  • Isaac Curley posted at 1:03 am on Mon, May 13, 2013.

    Isaac Curley Posts: 2

    Johnny Depp has shown that he is genuinely interested in learning about the Native American heritage. As I see it, an actor of his magnitude playing Tonto will aid in keeping doors open to future movie productions based on tribal nations. And I am confident that the public will respond well to the premiere of 'The Long Ranger.'
    I know I will be standing in line come July 3rd for some good ole entertainment as I
    love western movies.

     
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