Smarting from the box office failure of “The Lone Ranger“, Johnny suggests that the movie’s performance was hobbled by unfair expectations and bad reviews, many of which were drafted before its US opening last month.
“I think the reviews were written seven to eight months before we released the film,” Johnny claimed. “[The critics] had expectations that it must be a blockbuster. I don’t have any expectations of that. I never do.”
The Lone Ranger stars Armie Hammer as the resolute Texas lawman and Depp as Tonto, his Comanche spirit guide. Budgeted at $225m, the film suffered a tortuous production process and met with largely scathing reviews on its release in the US. Industry experts predict that the Disney picture may end up losing $150m.
Producers Jerry Bruckheimer and others in the film supported Depp’s complaints:
“I think they were reviewing the budget, not reviewing the movie,” Bruckheimer told Yahoo UK and Ireland. “It’s unfortunate, because the movie is a terrific movie, it’s a great epic film, it has a lot of humour. It’s one of those movies that whatever the critics missed in it this time, they’ll review it in a few years and see that they made a mistake.”