Johnny Depp had a very harrowing horseback experience on the set of the "Lone Ranger" movie. According to a Feb. 23 article in the LA Times, Johnny Depp dropped by the “Late Show With David Letterman” where he told the entire story.
Depp played Tonto in the Disney film, “Lone Ranger,” so he rode horses a lot in the film. He performed his own horseback scenes because he had grown up around horses. At the end of a long day of riding, he had a very close call.
The saddle that he used in the film was made to give the impression that he was riding bareback, and it was loose on the horse, too. The horse hit a few bumps, and when they came down, the saddle slipped to the side with him. He grabbed the horse’s mane and was dragged 25 feet, all the while knowing that the horse’s hooves could come down on his head.
He decided to take his chances with the ground instead of the hooves, so he let go and dropped, landing hard on his back. He said that the horse instinctively lifted his front legs and stepped over him instead of crushing his head.
“Lone Ranger” is set to open in theaters on July 3. The film is directed by Gore Verbinski and stars Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger.
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