It’s been a crazy week in the ever-changing world of pop culture, friends. But then again sanity isn’t exactly the norm in Hollywood, is it?
Let’s begin with a man who truly exemplifies the whole “The most gifted artists are the craziest ones” analogue, Captain Jack Sparrow himself.
Johnny Depp will be strapping on a mask and holster outside of the privacy of his bedroom for Disney’s upcoming version of the Lone Ranger but director Gore Verbinski says he’s only interested in a new spin in which Depp’s Tonto isn’t just the sidekick – he’s the main man.
‘The only version of The Lone Ranger I’m interested in doing is Don Quixote told from Sancho Panza’s point of view,’ Verbinski tells the Los Angeles Times. ‘And hence I was honest early on with Johnny that Tonto is the part. We’re not going to do it [straight], everyone knows that story. I don’t want to tell that story.’
Don’t worry Gore, with Johnny Depp inhabiting Tonto’s skin, a traditional tale is the last thing you’ll get. It’s interesting to note that Depp inspires incredibly strong loyalty in his collaborators – Verbinski directed Depp in the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies – as well as the upcoming animated comedy Rango and Tim Burton and Depp have made seven films together!
On a personal note, The Hook’s still pissed they couldn’t find a way to cut through the legal red tape and bridge the connection between The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet – The Hornet is The Ranger’s direct descendant – but that’s a mess for another day.
THE SHEEN TRAIN WRECK ROLLS ON…
Speaking of messes, Charlie Sheen just can’t stop talking trash while on vacation with his ex-wife, porn star girlfriend Bree Olson ( Winner of the 2010 AVN Award for Best All-Girl Three-Way Sex Scene for the The 8th Day, I bet that experience has proven invaluable!) and nanny! You’d think the guy would be too busy applying soothing skin cream to his genitals tired to move, much less burn more bridges, but he’s a trooper.
Yesterday, he was apparently working on a new HBO series., but the network moved quickly to dismiss that project as a rumor. Today, he’s shopping a tell-all book focussed on life on the Two and a Half Men set and he wants $10 million for the publishing rights, according to TMZ.
And speaking of Sheen’s ex (?) Brooke Mueller, what kind of mom divorces her children’s father and then publicly cavorts with him and his porn star girlfriend and their kids’ nanny?
I don’t know what tomorrow will bring for Sheen, but odds are it’ll be fun to watch.
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- Director Gore Verbinski Talks LONE RANGER; Likens Johnny Depp as Tonto to a Crazy Sancho Panza (collider.com)
- ‘Lone Ranger’: Johnny Depp won’t be traditional Tonto, director says (herocomplex.latimes.com)
- Johnny Depp: My favorite comic book character is… (herocomplex.latimes.com)