“Johnny Depp close call” has recently become a trending topic on major search engines after the LA Times reported this Friday, Feb. 22, that the talented actor recently had a near-death experience on the set of “Lone Ranger.” Johnny Depp talked about the event that could have left him “mangled” on the “Late Show with David Letterman” this week.
In the new Disney movie, Johnny Depp stars as the Native American warrior named Tonto, who is a skilled horse rider. Depp is also used to horses in real life, having grown up around them, but had a close call on the “Lone Ranger” movie set after a long day or riding.
The Johnny Depp close call came as a result of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor filming a scene of the upcoming Jerry Bruckheimer film. With a crew member hurt and a stunt diver even killed in the making of “Lone Ranger,” Depp could still laugh about a near-death experience of his own.
"We were shooting at a different place in the desert where there's these little bumps and things," said the Tonto star, who wore a layer of scarves and his signature brimmed hat, while speaking with Letterman. "And so the 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 jury-rigged, kind of faked ... to give the effect that I'm riding bareback. So basically it's not very tight on the horse. So 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 the mane of the horse. All very calm for some reason, I figured that fear would kick in but it didn't. I was waiting," he laughed.
Depp was then dragged over 25 yards by the horse, posing a very close call indeed.
"All I saw in front of my eyes were these very muscular horse legs and striations of muscles moving, this kind of death machine. One word popped into my head: Hooves. Mind the hooves."
"So, what do you do when you're in that position?" Letterman asked.
"Well you make a decision: Will I go with the beast until someone wrangles it or will I drop? You know, It's a crapshoot.”
"And what did you choose?"
"I dropped," Depp said straight-faced. "It landed on my back, hit the deck pretty hard and the one thing that saved me was the horse's instinct to lift his front legs and go over me, step over me. Had he not, it was coming straight down into the head."
Suffice it say for many who’ve heard of the Johnny Depp close call that the world would not be the same without the talented actor, and David Letterman — along with many fans — no doubt agree.