Actor Armie Hammer looked as if he was having a great time today at the press conference for The Lone Ranger in Tokyo. The film is set to open on August 2 in Japan.
Hammer spoke with Speakeasy about his this film will be different from the original series.
Hammer said his Lone Ranger is more conflicted. In the film we first meet him as lawyer John Reid. As the younger brother to tough ranger Dan, John went east to study law and took to the ideals of John Locke. He returns to his hometown in the West with a strong sense of justice and due process.
“He quickly realizes that his chosen methods aren’t going to work,” Hammer said. “He’s like, ‘Look, he stole your horse. It’s okay, you don’t have to shoot him.’ And then [gunshot noise] someone pops him, he’s like ‘Good god, what’s going on around here?’ and then you see him transformed.”
As for the Native Americans in the cast and crew reaction to the film, Hammer said, “were nothing but excited about it. They loved it—they’re thrilled.” He added that “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.’”
While I love Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, I just don’t see the film working. Plus, it just seems to be the wrong place and time for a film like this.
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