A massive disappointment at the box office and in the minds of the majority of critics (the film has a 30% score on Rotten Tomatoes), The Lone Rangercarries with it a stain of failure that will likely never wash out. When we see or hear about that movie and anything connected to it, it conjures negative thoughts, but in truth, there are a lot of people who really liked Gore Verbinski’s take on the legendary Lone Ranger/Tonto mythos. I’m not one of them, but there are a lot of people. I have proof.
Going back to Rotten Tomatoes, 53% of polled viewers “liked” the film and, despite the deluge of negativity that swirled around the film following its theatrical release, The Lone Ranger actually cleared $41 million in home video sales.
My point? Though Hot Toys’ Tonto Sixth Scale figure seems like an odd choice to join a lineup that features characters from beloved Marvel projects, DC projects, Star Wars, GI Joe and the like, there is likely a group of collectors that will be interested in this figure beyond Johnny Depp obsessives (these people would have bought a playset from The Tourist if given the chance) and those who are lucky enough to be Hot Toys completists who gobble up every luxurious figure released (I hate your face and the fat wallet in your pocket). (more…)
With all the other movies coming out this summer – Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, Man of Steel – it kind of seems like The Lone Ranger‘s gotten lost in all the static. So now’s a good time to be reminded that it’s also coming out this year. I guess.
Today, two new character posters have been released featuring Armie Hammer as The Ranger, and Johnny Depp as his faithful sidekick Tonto.
Synopsis: From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the team behind the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.
Hot on the heels of the new poster and production stills comes the first trailer from director Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger. The story is retold through the eyes of Tonto (Johnny Depp), how John Reid (Armie Hammer) is transformed from a simple man of the law into the legend of justice known as the Lone Ranger.
Will this “Buddie Cop” western translate to theater audiences? The synopsis talks about,”taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction.” As long as it’s not another Wild Wild West train wreck then I’ll probably go see it in the theater.
One interesting side note about this production is how Johnny Depp is handling taking on the role of Tonto, a Native American Indian. While many times when an actor plays a part outside his race (Depp does have some Cherokee blood line in his family) there are protests and calls for equality in casting (See The Last Avatar, no don’t see it. It sucks balls.), Depp seems impervious to those criticisms.
Back in May, Depp was inducted into the Comanche Nation as an honorary member, Tonto has long been depicted as a member of that tribe. Just last week Depp also made a surprise appearance as the Grand Marshall in Oklahoma for the 21st Annual Comanche Nation Fair.
Check out the trailer and let us know what you think in the comments section below.
The Lone Ranger rides its way onto theater screens on July 3rd, 2013.