Johnny Depp Rules Over 'The Lone Ranger' Premiere

7:41 AM, Jun 23, 2013   |    comments
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ANAHEIM -- The movie poster might say The Lone Ranger, but it was all about the sidekick Tonto -- played by Johnny Depp -- at Saturday night's worldwide premiere at Disneyland Resort.

An estimated 3,000 fans lined more than 1,500 feet of red carpet to greet Depp, Armie Hammer and the rest of the cast for the Gore Verbinski-directed blockbuster due out July 3.

Much of the screaming was for the Pirates of the Caribbean star Depp, who was sometimes comically shadowed on the red carpet by five sunglass-wearing security guards as the star mugged with enthusiastic fans.

"This is surreal. I'm not used to this," said Verbinski, as his voice was drowned out by chants for Depp. "I'm used to being on the set with Johnny where everyone knows each other and it's like 'Good morning, how you doing?"

Eager fans started lining up for prime position at the premiere on Friday night.

"We pulled up and people were sleeping on the curb," says Verbinski.

Not all of the attention was on Depp. Verbinski pointed out that the re-telling of the classic American tale is a "two-hander" with The Social Network star Hammer stepping into the key role of John Reid, who becomes the Lone Ranger.

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