Sorry for saying so, Mr. Jones, but I think you're more than a little off base with your comments and just slightly out of line. I'm sure he's got thick enough skin and doesn't need me or anyone to defend him, but I just want to throw in my 2 cents as well. Johnny Depp is Indian. This isn't a convenient phenomenon, he's always been. He grew up in Kentucky and his heritage is part French, part Cherokee and/or Creek, maybe as much as a 1/4. I've known this for quite some time as he has never hid this fact from the public. I find it somewhat odd that the Comanches would "adopt" him into their tribe given he has his own, but if he cannot prove it and maybe he can't, then why the he** not. I know lots of people who KNOW 100% they're Indian but they can't prove it. They show it and everything. Johnny may not immerse himself in Indian culture, even his own, but that's hardly a sin, just a shame. But that's fixable. We all come to grips with our heritage at different times. It sounds like his time could be now. That should be applauded. Better late than never. I also want to add these parts from the same interview in hopes the readers will have a more rounded opinion. Depp said: “I’d actually seen a painting by an artist named Kirby Sattler, and looked at the face of this warrior and thought: That’s it… 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.” Depp also said: “I remember watching (the TV series) as a kid .?.?. and going: ‘Why is the [expletive] is the Lone Ranger telling Tonto what to do? … When the idea came up (Tonto to be the central character for the movie) I started thinking about Tonto and what could be done in my own small way to try — eliminate isn’t possible — but reinvent the relationship, to attempt to take some of the ugliness thrown on the Native Americans, not only in ‘The Lone Ranger,’ but the way Indians were treated throughout history of cinema, and turn it on its head.” I'd also like to add something by Mr. Sattler himself about said painting. It, too, is well worth reading: "The display of face paint design crow feathers and crow headdress in the painting "I AM CROW" is an illustrative interpretation of the inseparable relationship between the Native American and their spiritual and natural world. I purposely do not denote a specific tribal affiliation to my paintings, allowing the personal sensibilities and knowledge of the viewer to create their own stories." -kirby sattler It sounds like Johnny was not so far off base after all. As Tonto is a fictional character (caricature is more like it), even if Depp had chosen to make his character be some silly sidekick I wouldn't have cared much. It wouldn't have made me happy but surely, something so silly and far-fetched would not be a threat to us, however since he is taking it so seriously and putting some heart and effort into the role I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. If anyone can do a good job with this role, it's him. Maybe he does have a lot to learn. Don't we all?
Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 03:28