Johnny Depp and Company Spin Tales of Their Dangerous and Difficult Ride For ‘The Lone Ranger’
Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski(Ryan Miller/Getty Images)
"The Lone Ranger": More woe than "Heigh Ho"?
It's been a long, hard road to delivering Disney's big summer tentpole this year. The production was delayed several times as the studio tried to lower the already gargantuan budget -- a budget that ended up going past what it was originally estimated to be before the delays. And then cameras actually started rolling in front of what many of the higher-ups involved refer to as a cinematic "circus," one plagued with bad weather, the occasional uncooperative locals and a train that didn't want to work half the time.
The journey is finally coming to a close as "The Lone Ranger" is set to hit theaters in July, with the cast or crew emerging more or less intact. Disney hopes to have a new "Pirates of the Caribbean"-sized franchise on their hands with this rollicking western adventure based on the beloved radio and television character, though stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski seem still a little too tired to get excited about it just yet.
"It's an enormous, gigantic production," said uber-producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who worked with both Verbinski and Depp on the first three "Pirates of the Caribbean" films. "We built trains and trekked them over five states ... we had horses and wranglers; moving this whole caravan was an ordeal. We shot from February until October -- it was long but wonderful."
Director Gore Verbinski isn't so sure about the "wonderful" part.
"It rained, it snowed, it was 145 degrees ... this was the hardest film ever," said Verbinski -- and that's saying something coming from the guy who directed all those big "Pirates" movies. "The train never worked. It was nuts. It was insane."
The production was so hard on Verbinski that he couldn't think of anything when asked if the process had any particularly memorable moments -- it was all hardship, all the time.
"Working in the editing room brings back memories of pain and torture," said Verbinski, though admittedly rather good-naturedly. "The weather was horrendous. The process is insane, it's madness."