Armie Hammer was no free riding cowboy when he was offered the The Lone Ranger role in the upcoming Disney film. While he grew up on a farm, some of the skills required for being a cowboy still needed work.
Hammer and his fellow stars were required to take part in a cowboy camp so they could learn how to properly ride a horse, throw a lasso, and learn other important cowboy skills.
When asked about the cowboy camp, Armie Hammer said:
“We all went to cowboy camp … But don’t worry – I’m a pro.”
Proper and authentic cowboy skills were important for the movie, which was filmed completely on location. The $250 million budget for the movie was spent largely on location shooting which included several towns, five miles of train track, and two steam engines.
Hammer says looking like a real cowboy and riding real horses provided for a more authentic feel. Hammer tells the Hollywood Reporter:
“It was really helpful. It was the difference between standing in the middle of the desert looking at some of the most beautiful scenery you can point a camera at and standing in an air conditioned room at some studio going, ‘This is a lot of green fabric … It just made it that much more real, and hopefully, the audience feels it as well.”
“He’s such a great guy. Nicest guy in the world. He’s fantastic.”Hammer also opened up about Johnny Depp who plays the Lone Ranger’s right hand man Tonto – Johnny Depp doesn’t like him being called a sidekick. Speaking about Depp the actor says:
Gore Verbinski has also attempted to bring a sense of realism to his films and perhaps cowboy camp will bring that real-life feel to the big screen when The Long Ranger debuts on July 3.
Are you excited to see Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp star in The Lone Ranger?