Left to right: Rex Lee Jim, Johnny Depp, and Ben Shelly

Actor Johnny Depp Meets Navajo President Ben Shelly on Set


Actor Johnny Depp, who will play Tonto in the upcoming film version of The Lone Ranger, has begun filming in Monument Valley and last week was visited on set by Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly and Vice President Rex Lee Jim.

Gayle Dine' Chacon, Surgeon General of the Navajo Nation, spoke with Depp at length, particularly about preventing youth suicide on the reservation, and admitted to being "star struck." "He is a very charming man, very gracious and very concerned as well," she said, according to a People.com story. "He probably spent a good hour with us. Everybody else left the set, but he was still there. ... You feel that you are the only one there – that he's just focusing on you."

Johnnny Depp and Gayle Dine Chacon

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peterfastwolf's picture
Submitted by peterfastwolf on
very sad to see this more sell outs for a few dollars

zelbe1's picture
Submitted by zelbe1 on
Think he overdid it a bit on the Ace Frehley warpaint, but then again, if they place as much action and appeal to the current superhero comicbook trend that we see in the "Pirates" series, "Ironman", "XMen" etc., it might not be wasted popcorn and drinks.

rezzdog's picture
Submitted by rezzdog on
Just as I suspected, he is a nice guy. Glad to hear it and bravo to the Dine's for being good hosts.

connielyon's picture
Submitted by connielyon on
Very handsome and shes very pretty. Hope they got his autograph also

tmsyr11's picture
Submitted by tmsyr11 on
These pics are all "officials" of the Navajo Tribal Government! It appears the Executive branch and the Health Administration shut down tribal services to Navajo people for the day in Monument Valley w/movie stars.....D*** I wish I had a Tribal job.....

Anonymous's picture
Submitted by Anonymous on
Nonsense. Total nonsense. White people infiltrating. And putting on paint? What warrior painted a white man like that? Navajos always giving sanctuary for the white man an native ways. Damn!!!

Anonymous's picture
Submitted by Anonymous on
Maybe Johnny Depp could help out us Canadian Indians and Help us Speak out about Bill C45 and Stephen Harper trying to take all of our Treaty Rights away from us and Pollute All our Lakes! All these so called actors and Record Artists(Justin Bieber) stating their part Indian and not one of them helping us out! There will be a Peaceful Demonstration *IdleNOMore