Armie Hammer on First Meeting ‘Lone Ranger’ Co-Star Johnny Depp
Armie Hammer, who’s been nursing a broken hand after having “too good of a time in Moscow,” phoned in to On Air with Ryan Seacrest to talk about his latest movie, The Lone Ranger, and the first time he met his co-star Johnny Depp.
Armie, who stars as the infamous masked hero in Disney’s latest adventure comedy, revealed they had to go to cowboy camp to prepare for the role.
“You basically have to unlearn everything you learned in the city,” the actor shares. “You start to learn horses are meant to be traveled on and then they’ll hand you a saddle and say, ‘Tack your horse and untack it 100 times.’ Then they’ll hand you a bullwhip and go, ‘Crack this 50 times without hitting yourself.’ Then they’ll hand you a lasso and say, ‘Rope that cow 50 times.’”
“I wasn’t good at it by any means,” Armie laughs. “But the only consolation I had is [that] I was only up against a bunch of other actors and they weren’t that great either.”
And one of those other actors was the legendary Johnny Depp. So how was meeting him the first time?
“I met Johnny probably about a month before we were started shooting,” Armie tells us. ”We were sitting in an office building in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and someone came and just tapped me … and said, ‘Johnny would like to meet you’ … and I felt a tap on my shoulder and … turn around and there was Johnny with [his character Tonto's] bird and with the whole thing.”
However, Armie adds, “Fortunately, he’s not the type of actor who stayed in character the whole time though … he just happened to be doing a makeup test.”
Catch The Lone Ranger in theaters on July 3!