Gore Verbinski Talks THE LONE RANGER, What He Collects, Deleted Scenes, Filming On-Location, and More

     July 6, 2013


With director Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger opening this week, Disney held a big press junket Santa Fe, New Mexico.  While I’ve done a lot of interviews, it was incredibly cool to talk to the cast and filmmakers with the beautiful New Mexico desert behind us.  If you’ve missed the trailers, the story focuses on John Reid (Armie Hammer) surviving an attack, being saved by Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp), and the two teaming up to fight injustice.  As you can see in this featurette, the production went to enormous lengths to film the majority of The Lone Ranger practically, and they shot at some amazing locations all around the country.  The film also stars Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Wilson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, and Helena Bonham Carter.

During my interview with Verbinski, he talked about a particular scene he was nervous to shoot, filming on location, deleted scenes, telling the film from Tonto’s perspective, what he likes to collect, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Finally, if you missed my interviews with Johnny Depp, William Fichtner, Armie Hammer, Ruth Wilson, or producer Jerry Bruckheimer, click the links.

Gore Verbinski:

  • I joke around about the matte paintings behind us
  • Talks about some of the real world locations they shot at
  • What does he geek out about or collect?  Talks about an old guitar Johnny Depp gave him
  • Talks about how his first cut was closer to three hours and then he cut it down
  • Was there one scene that was tough to cut
  • Did he have one scene that he was really nervous to film.  Talks about how the film came together and how they wanted to tell it from Tonto’s perspective


  • Liderc

    Man, Gore has to be so disappointed that this film turned out poorly. We kind of write these things off when they do poorly, but it’s easy to forget just how much time has been spent on a film this size. Like he mentioned in the interview, he didn’t just direct but also helped write the script over 18 months, that’s just a lot of time to spend on something for it to totally bomb at the box office/critics. A shame really and I’m sure it’s a massive blow personally when it happens.

    • Phil Dunphee

      Yup and the harshest critics are those who have no idea of what it takes to make a film.

      • pinkincide

        Doesn’t take a film genius to know it was stupid to devote $200M to that script, or to launch an IP absolutely nobody was excited about, or to have Depp do his same clown act that was stale 4 movies ago.

      • axalon

        On top of that, if you worked on this script for 18 months, you should have seen that it was completely bloated from the get-go.

        A lot of the problems with Lone Ranger were script-level problems.

      • Victor Pleitez

        True that some of the most harshest and “passionate” critics out there know next to nothing about putting together a descent film, don’t pay close attention and worse, only view the flim once and not twice so that a proper brutally honest critique can be given. That said, no matter how much love Gore put in this film it still doesn’t excuse the fact that it could’ve been much better and it didn’t really need a giant budget to work, a modest 70-100 mill would’ve worked fine. Who the hell spends 250 million on a western?


    Spending millions building fully-working authentic trains and railways is the government’s job not the film industry’s.

  • FE

    Your unicorn shirt is a bit distracting

    • ervin

      and he has to stop with that collecting and matte paintings crap

  • ervin

    it’s the bird on his head, it’s just too much… apart from that depp actually looks cool for change… also everyone took their kids to see minions… bad timing, i guess

  • George Shapiro

    Am I the only one that noticed how much older and tired Gore looks in this interview? It might be the beard or maybe making this trainwreck took a lot more out of him than we thought…

    • cedartreeradar

      i think he may be in the process of transforming into george lucas

  • Johnny5

    Even from a script perspective I think its tough to judge what a movies end result will be. From the script to the screen there are millions of changes and decisions that create the final end result. Also every director can dramatically affect the feel of the film. A fun exercise to do is read the script of a film before watching it. Ive done this on three occasions and the outcome was very interesting. The Good Shepard felt slower than I thought reading the script, A Beautiful Mind felt faster and more drawn out, and The Last Samuri felt much more cinematic when I saw the final film. Maybe they went for one thing and it turned out to be something else. Whatever the case may be it failed, and its sad to see such a good director suffer from such a hit. Also add this to the long list of sad westerns that flopped at the BO.