Johnny Depp Thinks No One Liked 'The Lone Ranger' Because of REASONS
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Johnny Depp Thinks No One Liked The Lone Ranger Because of REASONS

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | August 6, 2013 | Comments ()


Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, and Jerry Bruckheimer believe that part of the failure of The Lone Ranger is due to American critics, who they feel unfairly prejudged the a film that was “brave” with “an absurdist independent feel to it.”

In fact, Depp even suggests that American critics wrote their reviews eight or nine months before they even saw the movie, which is kind of silly because it gives American critics way too much credit for working that far in advance. I’m not sure that any critic has ever seen, say, a trailer and sat down to write a review for the film. There are other things to write; there are higher priorities than reviews that won’t publish for nine months, like, for instance, movie reviews that screened, say, yesterday.

Indeed, I think Bruckheimer should know more than anyone that his movies are critic-proof. I don’t think anyone has ever said, “Hey babe. Before we make our moviegoing decision, what’d The New Yorker have to say about Coyote Ugly?” (They were WILD about it!)

Plus, The Lone Ranger opened with $48 million over the long 4th of July weekend. That’s a lot of money, and only because the film costs $200 million is that considered a failure. The fact that it wound up with only $86 million during the rest of its domestic run has less to do with critics, and more to do with poor word of mouth.

Anyway, here’s three minutes of Johnny Depp, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Armie Hammer (who does so against the advice of his publicists) slamming critics for slamming The Lone Ranger.

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  • Strand

    How about the fact that no-one cares about The Lone Ranger in 2013? It's about as relevant to kids today as Woody's Roundup. Ditto for other old-timey franchises like John Carter of Mars or The Green Hornet, they're wasted IPs. I didn't watch The Lone Ranger because it looked like crap. Accept some responsibility for your shitty product.

  • Wigamer

    I just watched it again, & it irritated me more the second time. Here's the thing, Gore--no, your movie did not have giant flying robots. Got it. But the secret of those successful giant flying robot/car/alien/whatever movies is that even when they have a crappy story, the filmmaker knows he or she has to deliver the goods visually. You, Gore, delivered neither and still managed to spend 200 MiLLION DOLLARS.

  • yocean


  • the problem is not the movie, per se. the problem is that hollywood thinks it's okay to spend $200 million to make any movie (let alone a goddamn cowboy movie)...which leads to $12 tickets for something utterly forgettable (except, of course, the spectacle of a white guy playing a native american by putting a fucking bird on his head). no, no, no, no. cut your budgets in half so you can cut your ticket prices by a third, and 'normal' people like me are there.

    you're welcome.

  • It's funny, reading this after the Zoey Deschanel piece. There is disliking overly negative feedback, and then there is being sore that people weren't amazed by your half-hearted attempt at another "blockbuster" franchise so soon after the last one petered out.

    They should just thank their lucky stars nobody pointed out the similarities to "Wild Wild West".

  • Dee

    And the critics will tell me how to feel.....not common sense or an entertaining plot. Three out-of-touch ppl making too much money and have lost contact with reality. Many problems with this all over the place piece of uber expensive shlock....start with you call the movie LONE RANGER and it is told in the voice of non-native-American-casted TONTO.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    ..."a film that was “brave” with “an absurdist independent feel to it.”

    Do they come up with this shit on their own?

  • Mrs. Julien

    No, they pay people copious amounts of money to do it for them.

  • Fredo

    Let's see:

    1. They had no idea what to do with the characters.
    2. Their tried to shoehorn the Pirates formula into this project.
    3. Wacky Johnny Depp for the sake of wackiness isn't acting.
    4. Jerry Bruckheimer's leaden touch (What's worse, this or Prince of Persia?)
    5. The bird

  • Jack London

    Oh God, Prince of Persia: that's the movie where Jake Gyllenhaal switched charisma with Tobey MacGuire, right?

  • I feel sad for Armie Hammer. This was supposed to be his huge break, the one that'd make him a star forever...and it sucked, and the only thing people could talk about was Johnny Depp. And he's still being forced to do the press tours and the photo calls and he looks absolutely miserable doing it, because he knows the movie's a piece of shit.

    He's this year's Taylor Kitsch.

  • Steve Ward

    Every movie I have gone to the cinema to see this year has been an original property (or at least, not a sequel or remake - TLR was definitely on my radar and not written off in the slightest pre-promotional materials).

    You see, the trick with "original" movies, or movies based on works outside the public consciousness is that they need to look.... good. TLR did not.

  • DirectorR

    Please don't make TLR happen. That alone is too cool for this movie.

  • bleujayone

    He would have earned more respect if he had just eaten the crow.

  • **I AM** NotTheOne

    It's not because Johnny Depp played Willy Wonka as Michael Jackson and has been dead to me ever since?

  • Wigamer

    All I saw was Carol Channing.

  • **I AM** NotTheOne

    Great. Now there's a NEW mental image I have to try and scrub from my brain with lye...

  • Wigamer

    The hair and the weird speech impediment thing? CC all the way, baby.

  • babysledge

    Who sounded like Dave Foley playing a woman

  • CbSiamese

    Oh just sh*t up.

  • erich

    ......shit up?

  • Mrs. Julien

    You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? Then who the
    hell else are you talking... you talking to me? Well I'm the only one
    here. Who the fu*k do you think you're talking to? Oh yeah? OK.

  • Finance_Nerd

    Bruckheimer has the balls to say, "Critics keep crying for original films and you make one and they don't like it, so what can I tell you?" Yes, it's the originality that they didn't like (other than the first attempt at a Lone Ranger reboot movie in 2003 OR the source material from the tv series/movies from the 50's). I am sure most critics thought, "Who is this Lone Ranger you speak of? I am not familiar w/him, so I will give this movie a bad review."

    While I did not see the movie, it had nothing to do w/the reviews. The trailer looked derivative of many shitty action movies (Fight on train, check, lots of explosions, check, oddball pairing that come together to fight common enemy, check) and I didn't want to shell out $20+ for a movie that looked "meh."

  • DirectorR

    Also, "Me helpum White Man give justice with a mask" dialog didn't help.

  • John W

    That movie looked stupid from the word go.

    What they should have done is not release any trailers for it in the first place. The mystery of it would have probably enticed more people to see it.

    The trailers showed just how dumb that movie looked.

    They especially should not have had Johnny Depp utter a single word in those trailers because once again it showed just how stupid the movie was.

  • Mrs. Julien

    This sounds suspiciously like the party line after the release and critical trouncing of Road House when suddenly the PR was all, "It's meant to be silly, not to be taken seriously." They say pain don't hurt, but it really does.

    Speaking of Road House: Sam Elliott.

    And a check mark for Tuesday!

  • Semilitterate

    Sam Elliot ^----Road House----not so much

  • Mrs. Julien

    I take my Sam Elliott where I find it.

  • Semilitterate

    Exactly my point, not too clearly stated.

    A truly inane movie, imho

  • PaddyDog

    Can we all just agree that cool Johnny Depp was pod-napped about 10 years ago and his was body taken over by obnoxious, smug, totally out-of-touch alien Johnny Depp because what other explanation is there?

  • Wigamer

    I've finally come to the realization that he just wasn't ever that good. Almost every role he's ever played is a caricature, not a character. And when asked to play something straight, he's...boring.

  • Guest

    but at least he's hittin' a hot piece of A these days, no?

  • stella

    Jesus Christ Johnny Depp

  • Wigamer

    So Johnny thinks American critics panned the film because they expected it to be a blockbuster and it wasn't. OK, then.

  • TK

    It's worth mentioning one more time.

    The original draft of the Lone Ranger's script featured werewolves.

    No, I am not making that up. Werewolves. And supernatural "spirit coyotes." I shit you folks not one bit. But it was going to be too expensive, so instead they shaved the budget down to a mere $200 million and you got... that.

  • Misomaniac

    Werewolves would explain silver bullets better than "silver caused the evil, only silver can kill the evil".

    FWIW- I enjoyed it. But $200M? I didn't see it in the movie. $60M-80M maybe.

  • Green_Eggs_and_Hamster

    When has a movie ever not been improved by including werewolves?

  • Yeah, fuck those critics man! Our ideas are GOLD.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    So you're saying it's the lack of werewolves' fault? Fucking werewolves, you can't trust them any further than you could run screaming away from one.

  • TK

    Not even remotely close to what I'm saying. I'm merely pointing out how ridiculous the process of creating the film has been from the very beginning,

  • bleujayone

    Another reason to loathe Taylor Lautner...

  • DirectorR

    Okay, last two posts may have gotten me fired for laughing out loud.

  • Maguita NYC

    I want to get mad at their loser ways... But I am just so sad for their sore and dry vajayjays.

  • BigBlueKY

    Hey, I was wild about Coyote Ugly. But I was also 14 so....yeah. No excuse for me shamelessly watching it if it comes on nowadays though :-/

  • DirectorR

    Disagree. The same excuse as when we were 14 applies. :)

  • Absurd is correct. Absurdist, not so much. When I saw the trailer I laughed so hard people were starting at me. When I read that Johnny Depp felt he has some higher connection to the movie because he believed himself to be part Native American, I vowed to never see it.

    I'm sure it will make up the difference in the foreign markets.

  • TCH

    I am sure this cracked up many Native Americans. Honestly the whole movie seemed ridiculous in the first place. They dusted off a character that is decades old and expected it to have currency.

  • NynjaSquirrel

    Oh, I doubt it.. in the UK it's so far off the radar that I think it will fail to make up that much.

  • Wednesday

    Nope, it wasn't the critics. It was that stupid-ass crow on his head in all the trailers.

    I would've seen Lone Ranger because I like all the actors, and I loved the first Pirates movie, and before seeing the trailer, the summaries had that kind of vibe.

    But once the crow-hat made an appearance, I lost all interest. It crossed the line between self-aware-but-throwing-itself-headfirst-into-absurdity and now-we're-just-being-dumb.

  • princessdi81

    Finally, the truth!*

    *Said like the Stillwater bassist in Almost Famous when the plane almost goes down.*

    God, I am such a dork :-(

  • Oh man, you too! I just could not EVEN with that crow-hat shit.

  • LucyKlein

    If they had cast Johnny Depp as the Lone Ranger and had an actual Native American play Tonto, in say historically accurate clothing. I would have more interested.
    After I saw that trailer with the crow hat.... I'm out.
    Also Johnny Depp's Tonto just seemed like a Native American Jack Sparrow.

  • aroorda

    ...Johnny Depp is an "actual" native American.

  • DirectorR

    NICE. That would be a brave telling of the story and Depp would have to be real and leave quirky to the sidkick.

  • No Pithy Name

    This. Ten times this. Please, Depp, no more Jack Sparrow in everything you do.

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