Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in 'The Lone Ranger' (Photo: Walt Disney Pictures)
This Sunday, you might tune in to the big game to watch Lewis and Rice, or maybe Kaepernick and Gore. But the real action will be in the team up of Tonto and Reid, better known as “The Lone Ranger.”
During the pre-game show, Walt Disney Pictures will unveil a new 90-second preview for this summer’s big-screen adaptation of the masked Western hero. But you can get a sneak peek at the spot right now exclusively here on Yahoo! Movies.
The movie re-teams “Pirates of the Caribbean” producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Gore Verbinski, and star Johnny Depp, who plays Tonto opposite Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”) as the man with the silver bullets. Watch the video below, then read my interview with Jerry Bruckheimer where he talked about how Johnny created his version of Tonto, how shooting on a train compares to a ship, and where they’re at with the fifth “Pirates” movie.
Matt McDaniel: How important was the character of the Lone Ranger for you as a kid?
Jerry Bruckheimer: I used to watch [the TV show]. I think it was on in the afternoon when I came home from school and I used to watch it. You know, I grew up in Detroit and that's where the original radio show started. So, there's a lot of lineage there that's especially personal to me because it came out of my hometown.
Johnny Depp and Jerry Bruckheimer (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)MM: Johnny Depp created such a unique and such an iconoclastic character with Jack Sparrow. What sort of process do you go through with Johnny for creating a character like Tonto, in this case?
JB: Well, I mean, it’s his process. He's a genius in creating these characters. He found a character that he wanted to play in Tonto, conceptualized the character, created the makeup and worked with his makeup artists and sent me some photographs of how he thought Tonto should look. Again, he created another iconic character, and I can't for you and the audience -- well, you’ve seen him on the trailer, but I can't wait for you to see the relationship between the Lone Ranger and Tonto. This is the origin story of the Lone Ranger. So, we're telling how the Lone Ranger became the Lone Ranger.
MM: Westerns, lately, have had kind of an up-and-down -- and mostly down -- success rate at the box office. How do you find the balance between the sort of classic Western archetypes and also modernizing it for today's audience?
JB: We heard the same thing about pirate movies. They hadn’t been successful for 30 years or so, if not longer. With Gore and our writing teams and Johnny and Armie, I think we created something very special. It's still a Western but, you know, ‘Django [Unchained]’ is a Western, too, and it’s doing quite well.
I think it's the characters that you fall in love with and the story, and I think we've got both that are very interesting. Hopefully, we'll have the kind of surprise for the audience who they got when they saw “Pirates.”
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MM: You’ve got Armie Hammer as the man behind the mask. What was it about him that stood out for you that made him the right guy to put on the hat?
JB: I saw him in ‘Social Network.’ I thought he looks like a heroic actor, and he is a heroic person in his personal life. He's a great guy. He's got the great look and he's a wonderful actor. You know, you try to find really good actors that will embody the role that you imagine them to play.
MM: On a sheer logistic level, what's more difficult to shoot on, a pirate ship or a steam locomotive?
JB: I think they both have their challenges. [Laughs] The sea is certainly more unforgiving because you never know what you're going to get, because you're dealing with water. At least [with a train] you're on a rail, so you know what you’re doing on rail. But the weather is what can kind of throw you up for a loop in both situations, whether you're in the Caribbean or you're in the New Mexico desert.
MM: The fifth “Pirates” movie is now scheduled to open on July 10, 2015. How are you feeling about where you’re at with the next “Pirates”?
JB: I think we have a terrific story. We're working with the screenwriter right now named Jeff Nathanson [“Catch Me If You Can”]. So, we're very excited about where we're at. We've pitched the story to Johnny who liked it a lot. So far, so good.
“The Lone Ranger” opens everywhere on July 3.