After finding out about Johnny Depp’s pay cut, which the Rum Diary actor took to help reduce Lone Ranger‘s budget, we sort of feel obligated to see it. The man got paid more money than the GDP of Spain for the Pirates of the Caribbean movies; the fact that he took a hit for this one intrigues us. Depp tells MTV News that after production of Lone Ranger was shut down back in August, he, director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer all agreed to take a smaller salary in order to to drop the movie’s budget down to a slender $215 million. Filmmakers also cut out some CGI sequences for cost. Considering the movie is a Western, that was probably a good call.
However, it wasn’t just the opportunity to ride a horse as the Lone Ranger’s companion Tonto that had Depp invested. As he explained in his interview, “But also I like the idea of having the opportunity to make fun of the idea of the Indian as a sidekick — which has always been [the case] throughout the history of Hollywood, the Native American has always been a second-class, third-class, fourth-class citizen, and I don’t see Tonto that way at all. So it’s an opportunity for me to salute Native Americans.” Well, you definitely do not see a lot of satirical racial commentary in big budget adventure movies either. So consider us in!