Johnny Depp: Everyone should wear a dead bird like Tonto

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A thrilling action adventure tale in which a famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice - taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.
July 22nd, 2013

Johnny Depp says ''everyone'' needs a dead bird on their head like his character in 'The Lone Ranger'.

The actor devised his own look for his role as Tonto - black and white war paint and a headdress featuring a stuffed row - and insisted it's something everybody should try.

He told Film3Sixty magazine: ''I'd seen a painting of an Indian warrior with stripes down his face, like he was dissected. And just behind him there was a crow flying.

''At first glance, I thought the crow was on his head. So I decided the best thing to do was to take a dead bird and put it on my head, as my spirit guide. Everyone should try it, it's really something.''

Costume designer Penny Rose - who worked with Depp on the new Disney western and the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' series - explained Tonto's image was intended to stand on its own merit rather than be overshadowed by the actor's previous characters.

She told the Sunday Telegraph newspaper's Seven magazine: ''We really didn't want Tonto to be called Jack Sparrow on a horse.

''We wanted this to be iconic on its own. Johnny is the master of originality and has a big input.''