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Producer Jerry Bruckheimer Says 'The Lone Ranger' Will Eventually Be Looked Upon As A “Brave, Wonderful Film”

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by Charlie Schmidlin
July 30, 2013 9:38 AM
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The decision was likely decided upon for some time, but when Johnny Depp revealed he'd been toying with plans of retirement, it was difficult not to think of Disney's “The Lone Ranger” as a deciding factor. Three weeks on from its tepid $50 million opening, critics have both continued to bury it and risen to its defense, and while the dust slowly clears for everyone involved to move on, producer Jerry Bruckheimer believes in the end that distance will prove the best perspective.

During the TV Critics Association press tour while promoting his new CBS thriller “Hostages,” Bruckheimer briefly brought up his decades of experience in the business, and pointed to a corresponding moment that displayed similar symptoms. "It reminds me of a critic who called 'Flashdance' a 'toxic dump,'" he said of his 1983 producing effort. "Ten years later [the critic] said, 'This is really a good movie. I missed it.' I think ['Lone Ranger'] going to be looked back on as a brave, wonderful film."

Among those who have seen it, a lack of boldness doesn't seem to be an overwhelming criticism of the film; director Gore Verbinski attempts a unique blend of historical elements, jarring violence, and crowd-pleasing tendencies that doesn't quite gel. But while the waiting game begins for Bruckheimer to be vindicated in his comments, the producer believes Europe had a fairer glance at the film than America.

"You always want to get good reviews, but you know, it's reversed in Europe," he said. "It's 70 percent good reviews and 30 percent mixed there. So, that happens." What do you think? Is "The Lone Ranger" destined to ride into the sunset as a future classic? [Vulture]

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  • Rob | July 31, 2013 11:08 AMReply

    I doubt it. If Hollywood does crash in near future as some have predicted, I think this film will be remembered as the early signs that doom was coming like "Heaven's Gate" was for the 70s filmmakers. I wouldn't want to be remembered for bankrupting an industry.

  • ZAROVE | July 30, 2013 5:35 PMReply

    Mayb if he'd made an actually Faithful rendition of "The Lone Ranger", where he's a Hero, Tonto is respectable and nto a crzy graverobber, and the point is to take in (not Kill) the bad men, this woudl have worked better than the goofy bafuun Ranger, the Insane Tonto, the slightly Anti-Chrisian, defintiely Anti-Progress schlockfest this film portrayed.

  • Chris | July 30, 2013 1:39 PMReply

    Hahahaha!

    Nope.

    Hahahaha!

  • DArtagnan | July 30, 2013 11:22 AMReply

    Would he be willing to bet a million on it? I'd take that bet.

    And Flashdance may be iconic, but it's far from a great film.

  • Michael | July 30, 2013 6:29 PM

    Yeah, Flashdance probably wasn't the best example. It might be culturally important, but I wouldn't be caught dead rewatching it anytime soon.

  • regi | July 30, 2013 1:01 PM

    agreed on both counts! and flashdance is only "iconic" because of it's moment and that moment isn't so great either, in retrospect.

  • Patrick | July 30, 2013 10:03 AMReply

    With both films in their 4th week of release, heavily hyped LR got topped in the weekend box office by The Way, Way Back which showed on a third fewer screens. It's a bloated, expensive shitburger, Jerry.

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