Jul 11, 2013 01:40 PM
It looks like something good may actually come out of the disaster that is The Lone Ranger.
After interacting with the Native American people, Johnny Depp wants to buy the historic landmark Wounded Knee to give back to the original owners. The actor immersed himself in Indian culture while preparing for the role of Tonto, the Native American sidekick of the fictional Lone Ranger in his latest film.
The Oscar nominee wants to purchase the historic property because of the significance it holds for the Sioux culture. The national landmark's price tag of $3.9 million is a steal for the multi-millianire.
"I am doing my best to make that happen," he told The Daily Mail. "It's land they were pushed on to and then they were massacred there. It really saddens me."
Wounded Knee Creek on the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota is the site where the last major battle of the American Indian Wars was fought. Almost 150 tribesmen, women, and children were killed. At least 20 American soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor for their roles in the battle.
The Lone Ranger production was blessed by the Navajo and the Comanche. Johnny said Comanche activist LaDonna Harris wanted to "adopt" him into his family and the Comanche nation. Unfortunately, the good vibes didn't extend to the box office or film reviews. The movie, which was panned by critics, has only earned $57.7 million. At this rate, it's expected to lose $150 to $200 million.
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