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Lone Ranger actor Johnny Depp appeared on Late Show with David Letterman Wednesday where he discussed his recent role as Tonto in the Gore Verbinski-directed film. Depp explained that the film didn’t go without problems, explaining that he almost died while filming a horseback riding scene.
Depp explained to Letterman while filming the scene as quoted by Entertainment Wise, “The horse was unaware that the saddle I was wearing to sit on top of it was sort of jerry-rigged, kind of faked. When we came down, the saddle slipped and I went to the left and (lost) the reins, somehow I had the wherewithal to grab his mane - all very calm for some reason, I figured fear would kick in, but it didn't.”
Continuing he explains that all he could see was the horse's “muscular horse legs” referring to them as a “death machine.”
“One word popped into my head - hooves!” he explained. “You know? Hooves. In any case, mind the hooves…The one thing that saved me was the horse's instinct to lift his front legs and go over me. If not, it was coming straight down into the head.”
The film, which hits theaters July 3, also stars Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson and Helena Bonham Carter.
Depp, who also divulged about his love for music, is slated to star in the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean, Transcendence and Black Mass.