Johnny Depp got a little too much into character while filming “The Lone Ranger.” The actor, who plays Tonto in the upcoming western had a close call with getting “horrifically mangled” on set, according to a Feb. 21 E! News report. While visiting the “Late Show with David Letterman” on Thursday, the actor recalled the unpleasant experience.
“There was one moment in particular where it got unpleasant. We'd been running them all day and they weren't really interested in slowing down, at all,” Depp recalled. “My horse that I was on decided to jump a couple of these little obstacles. The horse was unaware that the saddle I was wearing to sit on top of it was sort of jerry-rigged, kind of faked.”
The actor continued recounting his scary experience, “When we came down, the saddle slipped and I went to the left and had the reins here, and somehow had the wherewithal to grab his mane—all very calm for some reason, I figured fear would kick in, but it didn't.”
He added, “I saw in front of my eyes these very muscular horse legs and the striations of muscles moving, this kind of death machine. One word popped into my head: hooves. You know? Hooves. In any case, mind the hooves.”
On his decision to drop and “hit the deck” pretty hard on his back landing, Depp explained, “Well, you make a decision. Will I go with the beast until someone wrangles it, or will I drop? It's a crapshoot.”
There is no word on whether the actor will continue to perform his own stunts. “The one thing that saved me was the horse's instinct to lift his front legs and go over me,” he said. “If not, it was coming straight down into the head.” Letterman aptly asked, “Where are the stunt people, for heaven's sake. You're Tonto, you don't need that!” “That's the exact same question I asked,” replied Depp.
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