The Disney film “The Lone Ranger” will bow in U.S. theaters in wide release on July 3, 2013.
The much anticipated & costly western ($250 Million) stars Johnny Depp as 'Tonto' & Armie Hammer as 'The Lone Ranger.' Disney also released its' 4th & final movie trailer. The western also stars Helena Bonham Carter, Barry Pepper & Tom Wilkinson. The film's director Gore Verbinski also directed Johnny Depp in the three “Pirates of the Carribean” movies plus the animated film “Rango.”
Aspiring Native American actor, Wambli Eagleman (Lakota Sioux/Navajo) from Santa Monica, CA - talks about his experience working on “The Lone Ranger.” He will also appear in the new western directed by Seth Macfarlane called, “A Million Ways to Die in the West.” That movie is currently filming in New Mexico.
How did you come to work on the film "The Lone Ranger?" - I was asked by a New Mexico casting department who I had worked with before on a film called, "Passion Play" with Megan Fox and Mickey Rourke.
Did you serve as a Background Extra? What type of role? - It was a featured extra I believe. 'Red Knees' a young warrior - which was for the first part of filming and towards the end of filming - I was called in to take pictures that would be used as multiples for (movie) scenes that would show there were a ton of natives.
This a western film. Did you have to travel to a location shoot? - We shot all over New Mexico. Early call times. Late night shoots. Weather was brutally hot, dusty & freezing.
Describe your experience? - The experience was epic! Everyone had fun on the (movie) set. I made new friends plus good networking opportunities. Everyone was treated equally. We all ate together, laughed & talked. It was a grand time.
Did you meet Johnny Depp and other cast members? - Yes I did meet Johnny Depp (Tonto) who is the most down to earth, chilled, cool guy. We got to talk because my uncle - years ago - spent I don't know how many days with Johnny - driving him around the Navajo Nation and he loved it. I talked and laughed with Armie Hammer (Lone Ranger) too. He's such a funny guy. On the hot days of filming I sat with Helena Bonham Carter eating ice cream. I became good friends with Saginaw Grant who plays 'Chief Big Bear.' We were together in 'Beverly Hills' not to long ago for 'LA Fashion Week.'
Would you appear in another movie if asked? - Of course. As a matter of fact - I'm getting ready to start work on "A Million Ways to Die in the West" with Seth Macfarlane and Charlize Theron. I've done various films with stars such as Jennifer Aniston, Holly Hunter, Will Forte, Kristen Wiig & Jason Sudeikis. I can go on with so many more. Slowly, but surely I'm making my way up the success ladder in Hollywood.