THE LONE RANGER & Tonto Greet The Navajo Nation
Stars of The Lone Ranger, Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp, were presented with gifts and took pictures with Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly and Vice President Rex Lee Jim.
"This is a good trade"
Johnny Depp shakes hands with Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly.
Navajo Nation Vice President Rex Lee Jim, Armie Hammer and Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly.
Navajo Nation Vice President Rex Lee Jim, Johnny Depp shakes hands with Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly.
ET Online reports that the Navajo Nation President and Vice President met with the two stars, along with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski. All four were presented with traditional Navajo blankets as a good-will gesture.
Depp "was very gracious and respectful, along with very patient with picture taking," President Shelly told ET, adding, "It was a great honor and privilege to meet Johnny Depp and filmmaker Jerry Bruckheimer. We are honored the movie The Lone Ranger is being filmed here on the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Nation has beautiful landscape and we are glad it is being shared through filmmaking."
I'm pretty sure Armie Hammer was really hoping for a hit off of someone's peace pipe, but I'm sure he'll be happy with a blanket as well.
People also has a report on the special event.
Despite brisk, windy conditions, Depp posed for pictures, although when he was presented with the thick wool blanket he flung off the poncho he had been wearing and wrapped the blanket around his shoulders. "This is a good trade," he said.
Dr. Gayle Dine' Chacon, the nation's surgeon general, also presented Depp with a traditional leather warrior pouch, which was decorated with an arrowhead to symbolize protection.
And when she gave Hammer a tiny silver revolver tie tack set with a piece of turquoise, he reacted playfully. "He took out his gun from his holster and put the little gun inside," she says.
Johnny Depp spent over an over hour with the Navajo Nation, even as most of the crew had left the set. The actor was asked to be a spokesperson for Navajo Youth Suicide Prevention programs and graciously said yes.
The Lone Ranger will be released in theaters May 31, 2013. The film stars Armie Hammer as The Lone Ranger and Johnny Depp as Tonto. Also starring in the movie: Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper and Timothy Hutton.
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