4:01 pm - 05/22/2012

Johnny Depp Adopted Into Comanche Nation

Actor Johnny Depp, who will play Tonto in the upcoming film version of The Lone Ranger, has been adopted by the Comanche Nation.

The character of Tonto, in this latest telling of the story, is said to be Comanche—a bit of information that LaDonna Harris, an esteemed Comanche who is president and founder of Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO), found very interesting. “Johnny is reprising the historic role of Tonto, and it seemed like a natural fit to officially welcome him into our Comanche family,” Harris said, according to a release. “I reached out, and Johnny was very receptive to the idea. He seemed proud to receive the invitation, and we were honored that he so enthusiastically agreed.”


The traditional ceremony took place on May 16 at Harris’s home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Comanche Nation Chairman Johnny Wauqua was on hand, as were AIO’s staff and close family members. At the end of the ceremony, in accordance with tradition, Depp gave gifts to the attendees as a sign of gratitude.

“Welcoming Johnny into the family in the traditional way was so fitting,” Harris said. “He’s a very thoughtful human being, and throughout his life and career, he has exhibited traits that are aligned with the values and worldview that Indigenous peoples share.”

The Lone Ranger, which is currently filming, is being directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and is set for a May 31, 2013 release. The Depp-Verbinski-Bruckheimer team previously collaborated on three films in the Pirates of the Caribbean series.
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brucelynn 22nd-May-2012 09:04 pm (UTC)
brucelynn 22nd-May-2012 09:06 pm (UTC)
I won't say anything because I have no idea how this works

la_petite_singe 22nd-May-2012 09:04 pm (UTC)
...huh. Interested to see how people react to this.
ecctv 22nd-May-2012 09:04 pm (UTC)
A guy posted about this on reddit a few days back

transientv 22nd-May-2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
thanks bb. and wow at reddit commentary.
frankthesheep 22nd-May-2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
he is really working that eyeliner. I wonder how long it takes him to put it on every morning.
animalyears 22nd-May-2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
really because it looks like it's been on for a few weeks
whiskybars 22nd-May-2012 09:23 pm (UTC)
it looks like he hasn't washed his face for ages and he always has eyeliner on anyway
hollis1975 23rd-May-2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
it couldnt possibly take too long because he just puts a bit of fresh on after yesterdays old stuff.
mrmidwest 24th-May-2012 03:14 pm (UTC)
I <3 your Eartha icon.
cherrybombx 22nd-May-2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
did he get the jack sparrow eyeliner tattooed on his face or what
transientv 22nd-May-2012 09:06 pm (UTC)
lol this is my FIRST post I hope I'm not the culprit of ONTD death :(
rubyboots 22nd-May-2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
LOL at "adopted", it's as if they picked him out at a pound and took him home

which, by the looks of him these days, could very well be possible
boomstick 22nd-May-2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
Isn't Bill Clinton an "honorary" Comanche too?
glasscobwebs 22nd-May-2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
imnotasquirrel 22nd-May-2012 09:42 pm (UTC)

i bet he'll start using this story along with how his grandmother probably had "quite a bit of cherokee or creek" in her to justify taking native american roles.
slashgordon 22nd-May-2012 10:00 pm (UTC)
I wonder why one of those tribes didn't rush to adopt him.
etoile_amore 22nd-May-2012 09:06 pm (UTC)
kind of excited to see how this post turns out
transientv 22nd-May-2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
nicolesnitchie 22nd-May-2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
wits 22nd-May-2012 09:06 pm (UTC)
ohsmartie 22nd-May-2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
xpirate_queenx 22nd-May-2012 09:44 pm (UTC)

Is the greatest gif in existence.
hawkguy 22nd-May-2012 09:46 pm (UTC)
starzangelus 22nd-May-2012 09:52 pm (UTC)
runandtelldat 23rd-May-2012 01:08 am (UTC)
lol amazing
very_veggie 24th-May-2012 01:11 am (UTC)
This. is. amazing.
winegums 22nd-May-2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
midnight_lite 22nd-May-2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
transientv 22nd-May-2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
This is my first post! Be nice to me, go in on him i don't even care. I stan for him 20 years ago.
mandramoddle 22nd-May-2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
Yay for your first post!
transientv 23rd-May-2012 01:54 am (UTC)
indelikatt 22nd-May-2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
well then.
animalyears 22nd-May-2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
ecctv 22nd-May-2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
Hhaha on his wiki page, someone already changed it

"John Christopher "Johnny" Depp II (born June 9, 1963) is a Comanche American actor, producer and musician. "
animalyears 22nd-May-2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
goldengal1193 22nd-May-2012 09:10 pm (UTC)
poison_sin 22nd-May-2012 09:10 pm (UTC)
LMAO! That was fast
goreplz 22nd-May-2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
sandstorm 22nd-May-2012 09:38 pm (UTC)
LOL yep
celtic_thistle 23rd-May-2012 07:49 pm (UTC)
rubyboots 22nd-May-2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
omfg I can't breathe
brucelynn 22nd-May-2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
_xxtom 22nd-May-2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
_marquis 22nd-May-2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
wits 22nd-May-2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
i feel like life was 10x less funny before the existence of the internet
nicolesnitchie 22nd-May-2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
lmao yaassss
supernature_971 22nd-May-2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
thewadingegret 22nd-May-2012 09:23 pm (UTC)
magwildwood 22nd-May-2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
imnotasquirrel 22nd-May-2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
lovexemity 22nd-May-2012 10:06 pm (UTC)
letsallchant 22nd-May-2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
lol, oh dear god
lenra 23rd-May-2012 12:51 am (UTC)
DEAD that this is still there.
celtic_thistle 23rd-May-2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
broadwaybabe11 24th-May-2012 03:17 am (UTC)
Are you kidding me...
infinite_drag 24th-May-2012 06:54 am (UTC)
actxappalledx 22nd-May-2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
he looks gross.
luckystar246 22nd-May-2012 09:09 pm (UTC)

Didn't see that coming.
brucelynn 22nd-May-2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
Justin you need to leave
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