From Whitey to Wolf: Johnny Depp's Character Inspirations

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Wanting to reinvent the character for The Lone Ranger's big-screen adaptation, Depp drew from a painting by artist Kirby Sattler titled "I Am Crow." "The whole reason I wanted to play Tonto is to try to [mess] around with the stereotype of the American Indian," he said. "That makeup inspired me … It just so happened Sattler had painted a bird flying directly behind the warrior's head. I thought: Tonto's got a bird on his head. It's his spirit guide in a way. It's dead to others, but it's not dead to him. It's very much alive."