Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and Jerry Bruckheimer have an explanation for why “The Lone Ranger” flopped in the United States, and it apparently has nothing to do with them or the movie they put out. If they’re to be believed, “The Lone Ranger” failed because American critics were “gunning for it.”
“I think the reviews were written seven-eight months before we released the film,” Depp tells Yahoo TV. “I think the reviews were written when they heard Gore [Verbinksi] and Jerry and me were going to do ‘The Lone Ranger’. They had expectations that it must be a blockbuster. I didn’t have any expectations of that. I never do.”
Hammer has similar sentiments, saying, “This is the deal with American critics: they’ve been gunning for our movie since it was shut down the first time, that’s when most of the critics wrote their initial reviews. 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, you’re stupid. That seems like a sad way to live your life.”
We’d argue that many of the reviews did criticize the content of “The Lone Ranger” as a basis for why it was less than, but maybe Depp and Hammer were reading different ones than we were. The best part of the interview, though, comes when Bruckheimer claims that their “The Lone Ranger” film was providing America with an original, new project. Clearly he forgets that the movie is a remake, and it’s absolutely not new or original.
Why do you think “The Lone Ranger” bombed in the box office?