Johnny Depp is starring as Tonto in the soon-to-be released film, “The Lone Ranger.” The Daily Mail Online reported on Feb. 22 his conversation with David Letterman on the subject of the accident that nearly left him “horribly mangled.”
In a recent appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” the 49 year old heartthrob talked about a scene in which he had an “unpleasant” moment.
He described the situation, explaining that the horses had been running all day and they were not interested in slowing down. The horse he was riding decided to jump over a few obstacles unexpectedly.
The saddle on the horse had been jerry-rigged and “kind of faked.” When the horse landed its jump, the saddle slipped and Johnny was thrown to the left, dropping the reins as he started to fall. Fortunately, he grabbed the horse’s mane and hung on.
Depp described watching the horse continue to run as he hung from its side before dismounting unconventionally.
'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.'
Johnny opted to drop to the ground and take his chance rather than waiting for someone to come wrangle the horse. Fortunately, the horse’s instincts kicked in and it lifted its hooves and jumped over him. Otherwise those thundering hooves would have connected directly with the actor’s head, according to Johnny.
You can see Depp on Letterman’s show in the video clip with this article.
“The Lone Ranger” starring Johnny as Tonto and Armie Hammer as the ‘’Masked Man” opens July 3.
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