Special Advance Screening of Disney’s ‘The Lone Ranger’ To Be Held For The Comanche Nation In in Lawton, OK.

Wallace Coffey, Chairman of the Comanche Nation, announced that a special, advance screening of Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger” will be held in Lawton, Oklahoma, prior to the film opening nationwide on July 3. Coffey, who has endorsed Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Tonto in The Lone Ranger, says the Comanche Nation is hosting the special screening of the movie in conjunction with Disney and tribal leaders from the U.S. and Canada are coming to Southwest Oklahoma to see the film and spend an evening with members of the cast.

Disney’s The Lone Ranger, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Academy Award® winner Gore Verbinski, is a fresh, new look at the story of the Lone Ranger, which began as a radio show in the 1930s and then evolved into a popular TV show in the 1950s. In addition to the iconic Depp as Tonto, the film also stars Armie Hammer as the famed Lone Ranger, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter.

Commenting on the film, Coffey, who is serving his fifth term as tribal Chairman and is the great-grandson of Comanche leader Chief Ten Bears, says, “This is not a documentary of the Comanche Nation, this is entertainment; but Tonto resembles a true Comanche warrior of the past. The movie is a modern-day portrayal of a period piece, and is a portrayal of how Native Americans may have spoken during that era, when English was their second language” says Coffey.

Coffey explained the significance of the crow on Depp’s head in the movie as reflecting a traditional Comanche dance called the Tuhu Wii, which is translated to the Black Knife. This was an exclusive warrior society, identified by black shawls around the waist, painted faces, and the dance mimicked the crow, which is a symbol of warfare to the Comanche.

“Each warrior painted their face individually as a reflection of their spirituality and visions, and no one warrior painted their face the same,” says Coffey, who has participated in the Tuhu Wii dance by being a Point-Man.

Depp was adopted by tribal elder LaDonna Harris in May 2012 and traveled to the Comanche Nation headquarters in September to complete the adoption ritual. Keeping with the traditional Comanche ways, Depp was presented to the tribe and Coffey completed it by dressing him in Tuhu Wii-style attire, which is a reflection of his character in The Lone Ranger movie.

“I am curious to see how the citizens of the Comanche Nation respond to the Lone Ranger and Tonto bringing justice at a time when there was no justice,” sums up Coffey.

Responses to "Johnny Depp to Visit Lawton for Special Advance Screening of Disney’s ‘The Lone Ranger’ (Photos)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    ...thank you Johnny Depp for your great work and all of the wonderful things you do to help others less fortunate than you...Many Blessing to you and the ones you love most...

  2. Anonymous says:

    “I am curious to see how the citizens of the Comanche Nation respond to the Lone Ranger and Tonto bringing justice at a time when there was no justice,” sums up Coffey. Curiousity kills the cat, what the heck.....we have no Justice, NO COURT at this time right here in Comanche Land from our own Leaders, this is a ridiculous statement.......help us Johnny, help us...........this is a laugh!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I had the chance to be in Lawton a year and a half ago,and was stunned by the beauty of the landscape. Seeing Mount Scott and Medicine Park and the surrounding areas were greatly appreciated! Wish I could be there at the same time as Johnny Depp! Regardless,I'm looking forward to seeing the "The Lone Ranger"

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  5. Unknown says:

    Congratulations Silver Bullet Productions and Disney and to all the cast and crew for a job well done in the making of the movie, The Lone Ranger. Many people are looking forward to the release of the movie, Hi Ho Silver.

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