Although fans of the original TV show might think of Tonto as more of a sidekick, Depp doesn’t see his character that way. He chose the role, he told Entertainment Weekly, because he wanted to “[mess] around with the stereotype of the American Indian that has been laid out through history, or the history of cinema at the very least.”
Taking a page out of Brad Pitt’s book, Depp surprised the members of the Comanche Nation in Oklahoma this past weekend with an unannounced appearance at the film’s first screening. Depp wanted to surprise them to pay homage to his character’s heritage, saying he was “proud” to show the film to the Comanche people before it hits theaters next week. Depp even brought LaDonna Harris, the president of Americans for Indian Opportunity, as his guest to the premiere.
Photo: Johnny Depp and his lovely date, LaDonna Harris. (Entertainment Wise)
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