For many Baby Boomers and the subsequent generation, watching a television program for your age likely included The Lone Ranger, created by George W. Trendle from 1949–1957, or the later version of it from 1966–1969. For some viewers, it meant first watching it in black and white television and later in full color when those sets became available. I grew up watching it here in my native state of Texas and it was not until a few days ago that I became aware that The Lone Ranger is internationally famous and a big hit in Latin America, especially in Mexico.
I interviewed the highly successful actor originally from Mexico, Joaquin Cosio, who stars as Jesus in the Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films The Lone Ranger directed by Academy Award® winner Gore Verbinski and Cosio shared his memories of it.
“Local it is not; no, not at all. I am 50 years old and The Lone Ranger (known as El Llanero Solitario in Spanish) was one of the first television adventure series that I recall from my childhood. It was seen across all of Mexico and Latin America by a wide audience.” He went on to add one of the many aspects of what he liked about this production, “Gore (the director) is interested in presenting a very well done story for the new generation and as (The Lone Ranger) is a legend for the older generation, this is a gift.”
The World Premiere of the highly anticipated Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ The Lone Ranger was held on June 22nd at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California, with the film’s stars, the filmmakers and many Hollywood celebrities in attendance. The Lone Ranger’s horse Silver made an appearance and an actual train engine built for the film was on display.
The award winning actor spoke more about the feature film remake and some challenges. “This was a large production with the objective of converting each actor into real cowboys, leaving the 21st century outside. We were required to learn how to be horsemen; learn how to mount and ride through a strict training. Furthermore, we learned how to shoot a revolver, a rifle, wear leather chaps and very heavy belts. One very important challenge was the action in the film that Gore (Verbinski) wanted; one that is very intense and dangerous, but is very satisfying for the director and the actor.”
Many of the movie’s scenes were filmed in the Monument Valley area of southern Utah, as well as Colorado, California and other southwestern states including New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. Cosio commented on how beautiful the cinematography is in the film and what a great experience it was filming in so many parts of the U. S.
The Lone Ranger is a fun adventure film full of action and sprinkled with humor, as the newly imagined Tonto (Johnny Depp) tells the tale of how John Reid (Armie Hammer) becomes the masked lawman, The Lone Ranger, and about the adventures they shared. The filmmaking team that created the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has produced a great film about two unlikely characters that learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption. Although this is a remake of a story from last century, the fight against greed and corruption continues in this century and can be well understood by the new generation of viewers with this screen story by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio and Justin Haythe and screenplay by Justin Haythe and Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio.
Depp and Hammer’s performances are great, as are the performances by other cast members of Cosio, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter, who is great at seductively taking down an enemy.
The Lone Ranger is in U.S. theaters July 3, 2013.
Source: Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films