THE LONE RANGER TRIVIA
Gore Verbinski, Jerry Bruckheimer, Armie Hammer, and Johnny Depp highly
criticized the American critics for their reviews on The Lone Ranger (2013),
which they claim that they have criticized the film by its budget, production
issues, and not on the film itself, and that they posted their "reviews"
7-8 months before the film was even released. It was also the similar manner
of speaking when compared to John Carter (2012), when critics
criticized the film by its similar problems, but not the film itself. Armie
Hammer shared a very interesting point on the matter, "If you go back and
read the negative reviews, most of them aren't about the content of the
movie, but more what's behind it. It's got to the point with American critics
where if you're not as smart as Plato, your stupid. That seems like a sad
way to live your life. "While we were making it we knew people were gunning
for it. I think it was the popular thing when the movie hit rocky terrain
they jumped on the bandwagon to try and bash it. They tried to do the same
thing with to World War Z (2013), it didn't work, the movie was successful.
Instead they decided to slit the jugular of our movie."
In an interview, Johnny Depp thanked his stunt horse, Scout, for saving
his life after a violent fall during filming. After Scout dragged Depp
25 feet, Scout jumped over him to avoid stepping on him. A clip of the
fall shows the horse clearly jumping over Depp, and detaching him from
the saddle. Depp suffered only minor bruises and scrapes, but says it could
have been a lot worse if the horse had stepped on him.
The Lone Ranger comments that it has been nine years since he last fired
his gun. The movie was shot in 2012, 9 years since The Lone Ranger (2003)'s
immediate previous TV appearance.
Tonto means "fool" in Spanish. In Spanish versions of this film, Tonto
is renamed Toro, which means "bull".
The first film to feature both Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter that
is not directed by Tim Burton.
As an homage to John Ford, the scene that introduces John Reid features
passengers singing "Shall We Gather At The River". It was Ford's favorite
hymn, included in at least five of his movies.
During the opening sequence of the bank robbery, the music in the background
is the Overture of William Tell, by Gioachino Rossini, which is later played
extensively in the film's climax. This was the musical cue used in the
original radio show and later films, particularly for intense sequences,
and it became so popular that most people know it only as the "Lone Ranger"
The Wild West sideshow where young Will meets the elderly Tonto is called
"The Thrilling Days of Yesteryear." The phrase was part of the opening
narration of the original Lone Ranger radio program, where listeners were
invited to "return with us to the thrilling days of yesteryear."
Johnny Depp's makeup and costume were inspired by artist Kirby Sattler's
painting "I am Crow".
The original Lone Ranger radio serials led to a spin-off radio serial,
The Green Hornet. The title character's alter ego, Britt Reid, was John
Reid's great nephew. Tom Wilkinson appeared in the remake of The Green
Near the film's climax, crates of explosives bearing the Giant Powder Company
of San Francisco logo are visible. This was the United States' first licensed
manufacturer of dynamite.
This is the first version of "The Lone Ranger" in any medium in which the
actor playing Tonto receives top billing.
Though set in Colby, Texas, the film includes obvious shots of Monument
Valley, Utah, a favorite filming location for American director John Ford.
According to Wikipedia, "Ford's evocative use of the territory for his
Westerns has defined the images of the American West so powerfully that
Orson Welles once said that other film-makers refused to shoot in the region
out of fears of plagiarism."
The "frame story" where young Will meets the old Tonto, takes place in
1933, year of the first Lone Ranger radio broadcast.
The fourth Disney film to receive a PG-13 rating, under the Disney banner,
in the United States. The previous films were Pirates of the Caribbean:
The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) (not counting its sequels), Prince
of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), and John Carter (2012).
The musical cue in the shot of Red sitting under the painting of a ballerina
is the Swan Theme from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake.
This is not the first time Johnny Depp has played a Native American. He
played Rafael, a Native American, in his directorial debut The Brave (1997),
which due to bad reviews at Cannes was never released in the USA.
The toy train is "HO" scale which came out in the 1950s.
Early in the film, one of the Texas Rangers refers to "Redleggers." They
were anti-slavery advocates that later became a Union cavalry unit (from
their uniform, which substituted red ribbons on their blue pants instead
of the Yellow stripes of the US Army Cavalry. This is shown clearly in
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) in particular. They fought primarily against
the pro-slavery 'border ruffians.' This group also was called Jayhawkers
(the Jayhawk became the mascot for the University of Kansas). Texas was
principally southern and joined the Confederacy.
The fairground organ music during the opening 1933 San Francisco scene
is taken from a recording made on the Wurlitzer theater pipe organ of the
Blackpool Tower Ballroom, United Kingdom.
The book that John Reid calls his "bible" is "Two Treatises on Government"
by John Locke, a 17th-century English social scientist.
Jessica Chastain and Abbie Cornish were considered for the role of Rebecca
Reid, but lost to Ruth Wilson.
The first film cinematographer Bojan Bazelli has shot with anamorphic lenses
since Body Snatchers (1993).
The film was originally supposed to have a plot focusing more on supernatural
elements and Native American mysticism. This mainly would've taken the
form of werewolves, which would've explained the silver bullets. However,
this draft was supposedly part of the initial $250 million proposal that
Disney quickly cancelled after John Carter underperformed.
When the project was revamped to meet Disney's approval, it came more in
line with the current script.
This is the first version of The Lone Ranger to be released in IMAX, as
well as the first to receive a PG-13 rating.
Promontory Summit was officially completed May 10, 1869. Music played in
the movie ceremony was John Phillip Sousa who started writing 1886.
Andrea Riseborough and Sarah Gadon auditioned for a role.
During the opening train scene, Johnny Reid (Arnie Hammer) says as he is
attempting to become free from the chains, "That's reinforced Bethlehem
Steel." The steel company he names was founded in 1857 named "Saucona Iron
Company" was first organized by Augustus Wolle. On May 1, 1861, the company's
title was changed again, this time to the Bethlehem Iron Company. In 1899,
the company assumed the name Bethlehem Steel Company. Bethlehem Steel built
many products used in the the US infrastructure and creating many war time
products as well.
Despite being one of the biggest box office disasters of 2013, Jerry Bruckheimer
believes that The Lone Ranger (2013) will be, in years to come, rediscovered
as a masterpiece, just like with films like The Wizard of Oz (1939), Pinocchio
(1940), Fantasia (1940), It's a Wonderful Life (1946), Sleeping Beauty
(1959), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Shining (1980), Blade Runner
(1982), A Christmas Story (1983), Flashdance (1983), and John Carter
(2012) before. As he said in an interview with Vulture Magazine, "It reminds
me of a critic who called 'Flashdance' a 'toxic dump.'" "Ten years later
[the critic] said, 'This is really a good movie. I missed it.' I think
['Lone Ranger'] is going to be looked back on as a brave, wonderful film.
I've been though this a lot with journalists. We made a movie years ago
called "Flashdance" and I remember one journalist just giving us the worst
review ever. Then, about five years later, we get this kind of love letter
- that he totally "missed" it. That he loved the movie. And it's kind of
the same with you that, any time it's on, you have to watch it. It happens,