With the release of each new trailer for the upcoming remake of The Lone Ranger, the questioning murmurs of whether or not it’s cool to have Johnny Depp portray (the already racist depiction of a Native American!) Tonto are growing louder. Depp has stated that he is, in part, American Indian himself, but that has done little to quiet the claims of racism. Luckily, though, Armie Hammer cleared it all up recently at CinemaCon! No worries n-e-more! From the LA Times:
[Armie Hammer] turned up in Las Vegas with Depp last Wednesday to unveil 20 minutes of new footage from the film to movie theater owners at CinemaCon. Before being honored as the Male Star of Tomorrow at the conference a day later, Hammer defended his film’s depiction of Tonto, saying that the cast worked with many Native Americans on the project.
“They were nothing but excited about it. They loved it — they’re thrilled,” the actor said in an interview. “It’s so funny, because every Native American we talked to was like, ‘This is awesome! I’m so excited.’ And every white person we talked to was like, ‘How dare you cast a non-Native American?’ It’s like, the white people are the one who have the problem, but the Indians — the Native Americans — are like, ‘This is great. We love it.’”
Very cool to have a 26-year-old white guy speak for an entire marginalized group of people in order to defend something some of them might see as racist. Everything’s cool, white people — U CAN TRUST, THIS IS COMING FROM ANOTHER WHITE PERSON. Not once did
an a Native American involved in the filming of The Lone Ranger come up to Armie Hammer and tell him that they think Johnny Depp’s Tonto look and overall casting and overall role in general were insensitive. NOT ONCE! (Though they did all definitely stop to tell him that it was awesome & they were so excited, hahahaaaaa.) So plz just point your browsers to Fandango & buy with confidence. #thisisgreat #weloveit Indian