Johnny Depp Talks About Reinventing Tonto 0


In the latest issue of Total Film magazine, Johnny Depp has revealed a few choice bits of information about his portrayal of the Lone Ranger’s Native American sidekick, Tonto, and how he doesn’t want his version to be a mere sidekick:

“Since cinema has been around, Native Americans have been treated very poorly by Hollywood,” Depp told TotalFilm. “What I wanted to do was play Tonto not as a sidekick – like ‘go fetch a soda for me, boy!’ – but as a warrior with integrity and dignity. It’s my small sliver of a contribution to try to right the wrongs of the past.”

Additionally, Depp revealed that his views on the subject is a little bit personal:

“I’m probably one sixteenth Native American, but of course that’s hard to trace. Basically that means it’s likely that, somewhere along the line, you were a product of rape.”