After seeing the picture of Tonto and the LR, this die-hard fan says "I don't think so".
What's with Tonto's face paint and the dead chicken on his head? Is he going to war or maybe a Halloween party?
Why the badge on the LR? He isn't enforcing any laws.
I'll bet Butch Cavendish and his gang are going to laugh their butts off at this one
Haven't seen the picture yet. Clayton Moore made 3 feature-length Lone Ranger films in the late '50s. They were The Lone Ranger, The Lone Ranger Rides Again, & The Lone Ranger & The Lost City of Gold. Jay Silverheels played Tonto in the last 2, but he wasn't in the 1st at all. The one Jack Wrather produced back in the '70s was a total flop. Quinton Spilsbury, the guy who played The Lone Ranger in that, was last heard about working as a hot-pants waiter in a gay bar in Frisco. Back in the '90s somebody was talking about making a new Lone Ranger film with 'Tonto' being a 'beautiful Indian girl.' BBB commented on that one: "What are these guys smokin'?"
The new movie either isn't finished yet or not released yet. Just saying.......
The 'Lone Ranger' was originally, according to Fran Striker's stories, a Texas Ranger. He was the lone survivor of a group of Rangers ambushed by the Cavendish gang--which was why he became known as 'The Lone Ranger.' You can never forget Tonto's line in the 'origin of the Lone Ranger' segment. "You only one left. All others dead. You Lone Ranger now."
Incidentally, the guy who played Tonto on radio was about 80. He also played Batman on the Superman radio program. They sat in chairs around the mike & occasionally 'Tonto' would nod off & Brace Beemer would have to supply his line--"Yes, Tonto, I know what you're going to say" followed by 'Tonto's' line. Jay Silverheels was a Mohawk, originally from Canada. He was a star Lacrosse player & took his stage name from his nickname as a Lacrosse player. He was also, in 1938, the #2 welterweight nationally in the Golden Gloves.
The inspiration behind the makeup for Tonto comes from a painting by Kirby Sattler.
You can view the story here http://collider.com/johnny-depp-lone-ranger-makeup/161287/
Personally, I dig it.
Gives a more gritty and mystical look to a character that was rather milk-toast before.
And yes, I grew up watching the Clayton Moore series.
Just my take on it.
I grew up listening to the Lone Ranger, MWF at 6:30. Our town--Austin, Texas--didn't get a TV station until 1952, & by that time the Lone Ranger had been on TV for 3 years. Incidentally, Clayton Moore started out as a circus acrobat & male model. There was a contract dispute & Jon Hall--Daktari--played the Lone Ranger on TV for a year until Moore & George Trendell came to an agreement. Wrather Enterprises now owns the character, which is why Moore had to wear wrap-around sunglasses instead of the mask for a year or so until the Wrather film starring Spilsbury flopped like a dropped pancake & Wrather dropped the injunction against Moore appearing as the character.
From what I've read, Depp plays Tonto as a Comanche--and the Comanche Nation was so pleased with his portrayal they made him an honorary member of the tribe. But what do they know, eh? ;-)
This isn't made for 'old geezer's' no pun intended. lol It's a modern day version, for modern audiences, who buy tickets to see movies in the theater. It's not your daddy's Lone Ranger.
It's probably a good thing Clayton Moore is dead, because he owned that character. He & William Boyd were a lot alike. Boyd, at least, was a hard drinker, a chain smoker, & a Hollywood party animal--until he was cast as Hoppy. Following the howling success of the TV release of the Hoppy movies starting in 1949--which he mortgaged everything but his soul to own--he became Hopalong Cassidy. He quit drinking, he quit smoking, he gave up the Hollywood party scene & devoted himself to being Hopalong Cassidy as he portrayed the character on screen for the kids who all but worshipped Hoppy. That's also what Moore did.
I never did like that skintight blue outfit Moore wore. The Lone Ranger, in the newspaper strip & comic books before the TV series, wore black pants, a red shirt w/arrow pockets, & a much lower-crowned, wider brimmed hat than Moore wore in the TV seriex.