Armie Hammer talks Lone Ranger, the pressure, Johnny Depp & the Creed
Armie Hammer, Prince Charming in “Mirror Mirror”, is doing the rounds to promote the film and answered questions, talking about the role as The Lone Ranger.
“At first it was a ton of pressure, I’ll be honest. Iremember nights before we started shooting just laying in bed, going, ‘How much does this cost? What’s it called? Oh, man, that’s me. Oh geez. What about this? If this goes wrong.’
“You just kind of work yourself into these ridiculous tizzies, but that’s only because you’re doing it to yourself.
“Thankfully, as soon as I got on set and got the first day of shooting out of the way I realized it’s a just another bunch of dudes in a room with a camera doing what they love.”
In an interview with HuffPO:
You mentioned being in New Mexico. Is everything going well with “The Lone Ranger” so far?
I’ve been out there over a month and we just finished our first week of principal photography.
The original story is about an ambush against a group of Texas Rangers and the man who becomes The Lone Ranger is the only one who survived, but people think he’d dead. Is that still the story?
It’s basically going to be the genesis of the The Lone Ranger character. It involves how he sort of becomes The Lone Ranger. Where the mask comes from — you know, all those great sort of backstory questions about the character. So, yes, this movie definitely answers all of those. And then, on top of that, it’s a fantastic sort of like buddy adventure. Most of the movie is really about the relationship between The Lone Ranger and Tonto [played in the film by Johnny Depp]. And the sort of rub between these two guys: where they get along, where they don’t, where they agree, where they disagree. It’s a fun, sort of buddy adventure comedy.
Is your version of the character going to be as stoic as Clayton Moore’s version?
Oh man, no. it’s not quite going to be like that. This is going to be The Lone Ranger that people who have never seen the old Clayton Moore version are going to love. People who have seen the Clayton Moore version are still going to go, “Whoa, what a great take on The Lone Ranger! This is fantastic.” It’s true to that, but, at the same time, it’s going to be great. People who have never seen “The Lone Ranger” and people who come from a different time, the, “We have to do the right thing!” Lone Ranger — it’s going to be exciting for everybody.
Apparently the creator of “The Lone Ranger” made a list of rules for what The Lone Ranger can and can’t do. I found them fascinating.
Yeah, yeah. It’s the Creed!
My favorite part of the Creed was the part about speaking perfect grammar.
[Laughs] Yeah! Someone was like, “Now that you’re The Lone Ranger, are you going to memorize the Creed?” I’m like, “I don’t know, man. It’s pretty long. Have you read it?”