Dailies | Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer Blame Critics for ‘Lone Ranger’ Flop (Video)

Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer Blame Critics for 'Lone Ranger' Flop (Video)

Hammer believes critics have "been gunning for our movie since it was shut down the first time"

Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and "Lone Ranger" executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer are blaming bad buzz and U.S. critics for the movie's lackluster box office performance.

All three put the movie's critics on blast during interviews with Yahoo! Movies UK, going so far as to suggest that negative reviews were written months in advance of its July 3 release.

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"This is the deal with American critics. They've been gunning for our movie since it was shut down the first time," Hammer said. "And I think that's probably when most of the critics wrote their initial reviews."

Disney shelved the production in 2011 after the budget ballooned upwards of $250 million. It wasn't until director Gore Verbinski and Bruckheimer whittled the cost down to $215 million that Disney reinstated the production.

So far, Disney has yet to turn a profit from the film. "The Lone Ranger" has grossed under $175.5 million around the world.

Despite the expensive price tag, Depp — who plays Tonto, the titular Western hero's mystical Native American sidekick — believes the media's expectations for the film were entirely too big to begin with.

“I think the reviews were written when they heard Gore and Jerry and me were going to do 'The Lone Ranger,'" Depp said. "Then their expectations of it that, you know, it must be a blockbuster. I didn't have any expectations of that. I never do. Why would I?"

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"I think that they were reviewing the budget and not reviewing the movie," Bruckheimer said. "The audience doesn't care what the budget is. They pay the same amount to see the movie whether it cost a dollar or $20 million."

Even though only 27 percent of reviews aggregated by Rotten Tomatoes were positive, Bruckheimer maintains "The Lone Ranger" is a terrific movie, and that critics will change their tune upon revisiting the film in the future.

"It's one of those movies that, whatever critics missed it this time, will re-review it in a few years and see that they made a mistake," Bruckheimer added.

Watch to find out what else the three collaborators had to say in the video below:

  • yoni

    You take a time honored ICONS – The Lone Ranger & Tonto – And you make a fricken joke movie out it & you wonder why it flopped… Really…?

    • Marla

      It was a great movie!

  • joybabydaddy

    the critics gave your movie bad reviews because it was a BAD movie with a terrible script

    • Marla


    • grandmother

      I did not read any critical reviews. I went to see it and walked out in the middle of it. It was disgusting.

  • Tim

    The Lone Ranger is great fun, I loved it every time I've watched it (5-6 times). The vast majority of people bad-rapping the movie haven't even seen it, they're just repeating what someone else said because it's the “cool”, “in” thing to say. “Oh, the Lone Ranger sucks!”
    Really, have you seen it? “Well, no, but that's what everyone says.”
    C'mon over tonight, I'll make snacks, we can watch it together. “Alright, later.”
    Then, later that night… “Oh man, that was funny as all get out. I'm really glad I watched it, I laughed my butt off.” I know, critics are a-holes aren't they?!

    • Wering55

      I concur with Tim. The Lone
      Ranger was a fun flick. The film that I read reviews of and the film I
      saw were two different films.

  • Dianne

    I loved the movie too. I thought it was really entertaining. Shame on the critics and Disney for not standing behind it.

    • lkreu

      I loved the movie also. Can't wait to buy it on DVD.

  • Ban Cheaters

    One word for all these idiots, DELUSIONAL!

  • Sheryl

    I thought the movie was great-seeing it twice. One critic said, “Kids don't know who the Lone Ranger is.” Why is that relevant? Kids should see the movie and become acquainted with the character and story. I, for one, don't put much credence in critics opinion. If a movie looks like I'll like it I go and form my own opinion. The story was well written and the acting was wonderful. Kudos to Hammer and Depp!

  • G L

    He has no clue. Probably why more of his acting experiments have failed than succeeded. The Lone Ranger is an iconic character; the movie they made was something else entirely.

  • Marla

    I love the Long Ranger! Critics don't know what they're talking about. Their opinion is just that, their opinion. Not everyone else's. They shouldn't try to speak for everyone because everyone's taste in movies is different. By the way I also like “The Tourist”.

  • Honey

    I actually liked the movie…it wasnt the best movie of all times, but definitely entertaining & will make you laugh. Problem is that most people always have to comment negative or think negative. You see it in every post, most people are just that way…a bunch of Trolls.

  • Morgain McGovern

    It's just a movie. Paying $250 million dollars for anything is stupid to begin with. The movies that are good are the simple ones that resonate with you. I'm just grateful we still have small filmmakers with good ideas.

  • humbucking

    I concur with Tim. The Lone Ranger was a fun flick. The film that I read reviews of and the film I saw were two different films.

  • Linda Weinmunson

    I had high hopes for this movie, but it SUCKED! I LOVE Johnny Depp, but he was the only good thing in the movie. I don't buy a Lone Ranger that is opposed to guns! Really? Hollywood constantly tries to shove their beliefs and, so called, ethics down the public's throat. What happens is that no one goes to see the movie. BIG SURPRISE! We went to the movie early (it was opening night and we were sure it would be packed) there were literally 17 people in the theater including me and my husband. I really wanted to like it but, sadly, it was a big disappointment.

  • LoneStranger

    Boy I really like this movie! I never seen it yet but after reading these commits of people who loved it I am starting to love it…Can't wait to see it.