Depp to Native Youth: 'You're Still Warriors, Man'

June 20, 2013

And so the magazine-cover onslaught is underway. Expect to see Johnny Depp's Tonto-fied face (and bird-ified crown) all over your local newsstand—today, it's Rolling Stone. In the extensive cover story, Depp ruminates on his Hollywood success and his future, and addresses the role at hand: Tonto in The Lone Ranger.

ON THE COSTUME: "I wanted him to be no joke. ... First of all, I wouldn't f*** with someone with a dead bird on their head. Second of all, he's got the f***ing paint on his face, which scares me."

ON MOTIVATION: "I wanted to maybe give some hope to kids on the reservations. ... They're living without running water and seeing problems with drugs and booze. But I wanted to be able to show these kids, 'F*** that! You're still warriors, man.' "

The article also contains brief comments from LaDonna Harris, who adopted Depp into the Comanche Nation. The name bestowed on Depp, "Shape Shifter," "seems very descriptive," Harris says. Addressing criticism of the costume, which has been criticized as inauthentic, Harris says only, "The Comanche are very individualistic."

The story is in the July 4 issue, which is currently on sale. A shortened version is available at