Actor Johnny Depp will be starring in Disney’s upcoming film, The Lone Ranger. Johnny Depp will be playing the Native American hero Tonto. Comanche Nation leaders invited him to become an honorary member of their tribe while he was filming The Lone Ranger in New Mexico last May.
Depp said that being adopted into the tribe was “possibly the greatest memento” he could have received. Comanche Nation held a sacred ceremony at the home of LaDonna Harris, a prominent Native Amercian activist, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
“When the request came in, I couldn’t believe it. It was an honor beyond all honors…” Depp says. “The name they chose for me, Mah-Woo-Meh, means shapeshifter, which I suppose is quite apt, and I take great pride in that choice.”
There was some initial controversy when Depp was originally cast for the role of Tonto as some believed a true Native American would have been given the part. Depp commented that the honor of becoming part of the tribe drove him to give a respectable performance.
“Even with what little knowledge I have of the degree of indigenous blood within me, our Native American brothers and sisters gave me the passion and drive to build my character with great care.”
Depp even made a surprise appearance last September as the Grand Marshal of the Comanche Nation Fair in Oklahoma. However, his appearance was kept a secret by tribal leaders in an effort to keep the event from attracting people who would be only interested in seeing the actor.
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