Gore Verbinski And Jerry Bruckheimer Look Back On Filming Disney's THE LONE RANGER

Director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer reflect on the many difficulties of filming Disney's upcoming action western The Lone Ranger, as well as working with real trains rather than CGI.

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By Paul Romano - 5/24/2013


Speaking with CNN, The Lone Ranger director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer talk about the difficulties of filming Disney's big budget western. The former comments on meeting expectations amidst competition, saying, "I think every director who's making a big movie this summer has gone through the same thing,. That's what audiences expect, and you've gotta be really entertaining. It's competition." Bruckheimer adds, "Nobody understands how difficult it is actually to do it. The grueling hours, the lack of sleep. [Verbinski's] always looking for another location -- he lost a location, he's got to shoot something else the next day, an actor's sick. ... It's just unbelievable that you're running this thing for a number of months and you're moving an army five states."

As previously reported, all of the trains that we've seen in the trailers are not CGI. In fact, it's all practical. Bruckheimer had this to say about shooting those action sequences with actual trains and more. "Everything is real. Gore doesn't like to do it with the visual effects, so those guys are really on the train, the train is actually moving, it's not a CG shot -- so everything you see here is real. So it had to be built. You can't imagine how many people it takes just to keep the train running; to get the stunt guys to keep the guys on top of the train; the rigging so they're all safe and the amount of extras [to be] the people in the background; it's just a lot." As for Verbinski, he won't deny just how challenging it was to film The Lone Ranger. "Eleven [on a scale of one to ten], definitely. This is the hardest movie. I mean, hats off to ['Stagecoach,' 'Searchers' director] John Ford and ['Once Upon a Time in the West' director] Sergio [Leone] and all those kinds who make these Westerns because they're really hard. I mean we all know what a train looks like and we all know what horses look like and it's not a giant robot or a flying saucer, so what are you going to [do], put someone against a blue screen?

"But we know what that [Western] reality looks like, there's a whole language that's been established about what we know and feel from real horses and real dirt and real trains, and they're hard movies. This movie has Comanche and cavalry and trains, and we went and shot in five states. It's a big movie." Finally, Bruckheimer comments on reinventing The Lone Ranger's (Armie Hammer) origin story, told through the perspective of Johnny Depp's Tonto. "[Verbinski] makes big movies and that's what audiences love and that's why summer movies become blockbusters, because you give them a lot of punch for their 10 or 12 bucks. [We're] reinventing the tale of the Lone Ranger, but starting with the origin. It's the origin story, told through Tonto's point of view, who's not quite accurate with what he remembers, so it's a lot of fun." Are you looking forward to seeing The Lone Ranger later this summer?

The Lone Ranger stars Armie Hammer, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Ruth Wilson, Tom Wilkinson and William Fichtner. The film is set to hit theaters July 3rd.

Source: CNN
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DropAload - 5/24/2013, 7:44 AM
I love some realism hope this is better than the last three pirate movies.
jessepostal - 5/24/2013, 8:03 AM
I'd like to see him take a stab at the phantom. Set it in the thirties, this guys movies look great and I think he could do phantom justice
ElDarkside - 5/24/2013, 8:12 AM
Real effects always translate to film better than CGI IMO, no matter how good the effects are. Look at what Nolan did for batman and how he used as many practical effects as possible and then touch it up with CGI post-production.

The more I read/see about this, the more intrigued I get. I may give this a watch in the theatre depending on reviews... Looking at you markjulian n rormachine - your reviews are usually in line with my tastes...

Verbinski n depp proved they can make a goood summer tentpole movie with the first pirates movie so I guess we'll have to wait and see...
whoa123 - 5/24/2013, 8:13 AM
Of course it's gonna be on Tonto's point of view, the character is played by Johnny Depp!
MightyZeus - 5/24/2013, 8:23 AM
Looks okay. Doesnt seem great from the trailers.
ScabbyJ - 5/24/2013, 9:50 AM
Subtract Wild Wild West, add Princess Bride: nailed it.

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