In a summer riddled with pricey Hollywood flops, Disney's "The Lone Ranger" may be the most infamous, and the film's stars and crew think they know the reason why: The critics.
“I think the reviews were written seven to eight months before we released the film," star Johnny Depp said in an interview with yahoo Movies U.K., where it opens this Friday.
"I think the reviews were written when they heard Gore [Verbinski, director] and Jerry [Bruckheimer, producer] and me were going to do ‘The Lone Ranger’," he added. "They had expectations that it must be a blockbuster. I didn’t have any expectations of that. I never do. Why would I?"
The delayed "Ranger" cost somewhere north of $200 million (depending on who you ask), and will likely lose the studio as much as $150 million.
Co-star Armie Hammer, Verbinski and producer Bruckheimer agree that early critical speculation sabotaged the film's chances.
Verbinski adds that the film may not have fit in with other recent tentpoles. "Our movie is not a sequel and it doesn't have giant robots and the Lone Ranger can't fly," he explained. "I think we're counter-programming. If you want to see something different, come see our movie. It's odd to be given a lashing because of that."
Luckily, Brad Pitt's more favorably reviewed "World War Z" escaped similar press unscathed.
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