Disney’s The Lone Ranger disappointed critics this summer, and The Lone Ranger team is feeling equally disappointed in those same critics. Averaging only 27% on Rotten Tomatoes, The Lone Ranger has grossed approximately $175 million worldwide, $40 million less than its $215 million dollar budget.
“They’ve been gunning for our movie since it was shot down the first time,” said star Armie Hammer. “I think that’s when most of the critics probably wrote their initial reviews.” Lamenting the fact that most critics seemed to fixate on the film’s massive budget and fantasy plot, Hammer added that he feels let down by critics who think that if your film isn’t “as smart as Plato, you’re stupid.”
Johnny Depp agreed with Hammer, saying “I think the reviews were probably written when they heard Gore [Verbinsky] and Jerry [Bruckheimer] and me were going to do The Lone Ranger. They had expectations that it must be a blockbuster. I didn’t have any expectations of that. I never do. Why would I?” Depp also added that he feels the film is much more of “an absurdist, independent-feel[ing]” film than a traditional blockbuster.
Bruckheimer agreed that critics seemed to be judging the budget more than the content of the film itself, to which Verbinski added, “Our movie is not a sequel, and it doesn’t have giant robots, and The Lone Ranger can’t fly. We’re counter-programming. If you want to see something different, come see the movie. It’s odd to get a lashing because of that.”
See Hammer, Depp, Bruckheimer, and Verbinsky hit back at the critics in the video below: