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The Greatest Casting Controversies - And How They Turned Out
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The Greatest Casting Controversies - And How They Turned Out | Johnny Depp IS Tonto
Johnny Depp IS Tonto

The film: The Lone Ranger (2013)

The actor: Eccentric mega-star known for turning certain flops into massive hits. Caucasian.
The character: Capable sidekick to The Lone Ranger. Native American.

Johnny Depp’s casting as Tonto makes sense from a box-office perspective, given that the film sees him reunite with his Pirates Of The Caribbean director and producers. But from an ethnic perspective, not quite so much. While the actor has some small measure of Native American blood, he’s by no means a full Comanche, although he apparently spent a lot of time with the tribe when preparing for the role. For many, it was a return to the bad old days of “whitewashed” casting where white stars were cast as ethnic leads; for others, that was the least of the film’s problems.

Protestors preferred: Really any Native American. Gil Birmingham, who appeared in The Lone Ranger and also the Twilight movies, was mentioned by name, as was Adam Beech.

The result: A box-office and (in the US, especially) critical flop. That wasn’t entirely down to Depp’s casting, however.

Vote: Was casting Depp as Tonto what the Spanish would call a "decisión tonta"?

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