It was almost no surprise, to see Johnny Depp wearing make-up and accessories once again when the first image still from The Lone Ranger was tweeted out by Bruckheimer last month. With Capt. Jack Sparrow, we learned that the main inspiration for the character was Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, and so speculation began that perhaps Deep would once again draw on musical inspiration for his latest role – perhaps Native American fan Jim Morrison of the Doors. I’m starting to think he looks like a cross between Marilyn Manson and Powder.

Entertainment weekly sat down with the actor to discuss the character development and found that the look was inspired by artist Kirby Sattler’s painting called I Am Crow (see above far right) – The crow headgear is also mentioned

Depp explains:

I’d actually seen a painting by an artist named Kirby Sattler, and looked at the face of this warrior and thought: That’s it. The stripes down the face and across the eyes … it seemed to me like you could almost see the separate sections of the individual, if you know what I mean. It just so happened Sattler had painted a bird flying directly behind the warrior’s head. It looked to me like it was sitting on top. I thought: Tonto’s got a bird on his head. It’s his spirit guide in a way. It’s dead to others, but it’s not dead to him. It’s very much alive. [EW]

The Lone Ranger, like many other films based on 75+ year old material, suffers from the racial stereotypes in it’s portrayal of Native Americans and Depp, who acknowledges this, has stated that the script and his development of the character, will reveal a very different Tonto.

The whole reason I wanted to play Tonto is to try to [mess] around with the stereotype of the American Indian that has been laid out through history, or the history of cinema at the very least — especially Tonto as the sidekick, The Lone Ranger’s assistant. As you’ll see, it’s most definitely not that.

The Lone Ranger opens May 13, 2013.



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