Bil Browning

Fight Stereotypes With Stereotypes?

Filed By Bil Browning | May 02, 2012 10:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Johnny Depp, Lone Ranger, Native American, Tonto

"The whole reason I wanted to play Tonto is to try 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... The stripes down the face and across the eyes ... it seemed to me like you could almost see the separate sections of the individual, if you know what I mean...There's this very wise quarter, a very tortured and hurt section, an angry and rageful section, and a very understanding and unique side."

-- Johnny Depp explaining his character, Tonto, in the new Lone Ranger movie. I'm not sure how you combat stereotypes of Native Americans by painting the character into three overused categories: wise, angry and understanding. Tonto's look was inspired by a painting of a fictional Native American chockful of stereotypes - "I Am Crow."

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