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The Lone Ranger: 10 Things You May or May Not Know

From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind Pirates of the Caribbean comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ The Lone Ranger, a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is revamped, re-imagined and otherwise reinvented to be seriously badass.

Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice – taking audiences on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

And, because we can never ever ever (!) have enough Deppage, Johnny Depp will answer fan questions about the film in a live Q+A today.

TODAY.

HERE.

AT 1 p.m. PST.

Armie Hammer will also be on hand to discuss the highly anticipated adventure as well, alongside Verbinski and producer Bruckheimer.

Fans can submit questions to be answered during the live stream via Twitter by using hashtag #LoneRanger.

While you’re waiting, here are 10 things you may or may not know about the film. And yes, they’re mainly about Johnny Depp.

  • Does Tim Burton know? 1 of 10
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    This is the first film (in a very long time) that features both Depp and Helena Bonham Carter that is not directed by Tim Burton.

  • I Am Crow 2 of 10
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    Depp was given quite a bit of creative license with his character's makeup and costuming, and told EW that the end result was inspired by a Kirby Sattler painting called "I Am Crow."

    "... 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. I saw these parts, almost like dissecting a brain, these slivers of the individual. That makeup inspired me."

    As for Tonto's unique headdress?

    "It just so happened Sattler had painted a bird flying directly behind the warrior's head. It looked to me like it was sitting on top. I thought: Tonto's got a bird on his head. It's his spirit guide in a way. It's dead to others, but it's not dead to him. It's very much alive."

  • Native Blend 3 of 10
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    In Disney's version of The Lone Ranger, Tonto is technically a full-blooded Comanche.

    Depp identifies himself as part Cherokee and Creek Indian, based on his Kentucky-born great-grandmother's ancestry, making Tonto's character less historically specific to one tribe and more of a blend of various Native American cultural influences.

  • Lost in Translation 4 of 10
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    Tonto means "fool" in Spanish - something that always struck me as odd when I watched re-runs as a kid - so in Spain and Latin America, the character is named Toro - meaning "bull" - instead.

  • Adoption Papers 5 of 10
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    Last May, Depp was formally adopted.

    You read right, kemo sabe.

    The Kentucky-born actor can now add Comanche to his French, Cherokee and Creek heritage thanks to an adoption ceremony that welcomed him into the New Mexico-based Comanche Indian Tribe after LaDonna Harris, a Comanche and president of Americans for Indian Opportunity, heard about his role in The Lone Ranger, and invited him to join the tribe.

  • Team Tonto 6 of 10
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    This is the first version of The Lone Ranger (in any medium) where the actor playing Tonto has received top billing.

  • There are many ways to say ‘I love you’ 7 of 10
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    The word "kemo sabe" is a term of endearment, and is sometimes translated as "trusty scout" or "faithful friend" in Potawatomi.

  • Where where the stunt people? 8 of 10
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    Depp talked with David Letterman about a close call he had on the set of the movie, captured in this movie still.

    He was riding on a very small stunt saddle to make it look like he's riding bareback, and apparently, it's not safe to use when a horse is jumping. His horse wasn't supposed to jump in this particular scene, but did, leaving Depp to make a hard decision as he started sliding off as the mount galloped at full speed.

    Let's just say he and the underside of the horse got to know each other pretty well.

    Also, hooves.

  • Double Take 9 of 10
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    This is the first time ever that the Jerry Bruckheimer logo has used a railroad  instead of an asphalt road. Just look at the trailers.

  • Rock and Roll Ranger 10 of 10
    JOHNNY DEPP AS TONTO

    In a ComicCon 2012 interview, Depp called the movie a "rock and roll version of The Lone Ranger. It's very fast paced. It's very high velocity... and it's really quite funny."

The Lone Ranger will be out in threatres on July 3, which I know Johnny arranged especially for my birthday.

Hush. A girl can dream.

Photo credits: Walt Disney Pictures

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