Now the 46-year-old actor is considering offers to play Tonto as a shrewd man behind the legend in a remake of "The Lone Ranger."
"Tonto needs to be in charge," says Depp, who is part Cherokee Indian. "The Lone Ranger should be a fool, a lovable one, but a fool nonetheless."
Playing Tonto as shrewd and the Lone Ranger as foolish is one way to do it. Somehow I doubt that's the approach Jerry Bruckheimer has in mind. But if Depp can convince him to take this approach, something good may come of casting a non-Native as the Native Tonto.
For more on the subject, see Johnny Depp to Redefine Tonto? and Friday, Tonto, Jacob Black, et al.