The Lone Ranger - Armie Hammer and Harry Treadaway interview
Interview by Rob Carnevale
ARMIE Hammer and Harry Treadaway talk about some of their experiences of making The Lone Ranger.
Armie also talks about his physical preparation for the role and his relationship with Johnny Depp, while Harry recalls his age-old love of Westerns. They were speaking at a UK press conference…
Q. Armie, tell us about the relationship and chemistry between the Lone Ranger and Tonto. There’s only so much of that that can be written down, was that evident straight away between the two of you, that there was this great timing?
Armie Hammer: Yeah, I think off the bat there was ‘I think I like you!,’; ‘I think I like you too!’; ‘it’s gonna be a lot of fun!’. From there it got more and more fun to the point where there were several days where Gore would go ‘guys, guys, guys, shut-up, shut-up, just say the lines, we have to get this done before the sun goes behind that mountain’. And we just ended up all having a great time on set, each and every one of us. We were having a blast, probably one of the most fun experiences of our lifetime and I think it really carries over and I think the audience picks it up. I think that’s why the movie feels so fun.
Q. Harry, Frank is a bit of a character isn’t he? How do you describe him?
Harry Treadaway: He’s a bit of a one. A clown with an ice pick, who likes to wear a bonnet on his head.
Q. Are you taking the William Tell Overture a step further as well?
Harry Treadaway: I believe so, a group called Future Cut have done some remix of the William Tell Overture which I heard on the [red] carpet last night. It sounded pretty good. I liked it.
Q. What would your 10-year-old self have thought of you playing out a Western on this scale? And was that your earliest taste of acting?
Harry Treadaway: I think there is something about playing a cowboy that was probably inspirational. I didn’t want to stop doing that. And that would have been what you were playing around in your garden with your friends. So, to find myself, 20 years on, trying with an adult brain to learn how to twirl a gun for completely professional reasons was strange but good. It felt good.
Armie Hammer: I’m with Johnny Depp on this one… when I grew up I did a programme called Indian Guides, it’s kind of like boy scouts except it’s the native American aspect you learn. Like indigenous, native American skills they would have needed to survive. So, I have a really, really cool pair of moccasins, that I thought when I put them on they gave me superpowers, and I could walk around completely silently. I loved it, so I was always the Indian in cowboys and Indians.
Q. Armie, what special training did you have to do for your roles, or were you already super fit to start with?
Armie Hammer: [Laughs] Super fit, always. No, it’s funny, going into this movie there wasn’t any sort of concerted effort on my part to get into any kind of physical shape for vanity purposes because nobody had gym memberships back then, no-one was sitting around doing push-ups. It wasn’t the thing, you got muscular by doing work, so we had cowboy camp. They put us to work, taking saddles on and off horses a hundred times, cracking bullwhips, throwing lassoes, all the kinds of stuff you’d do. Apart from that I did a lot of cycling, just because I knew there’d be days where I’d spend 12 hours a day in the saddle, and my legs had to last, so long bike rides and stuff like that.