There are few things more awkward for an actor than having to promote your overblown blockbuster overseas after it flamed out at the American box-office. But that’s exactly what befell the main players behind the Disney debacle, The Lone Ranger. Stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, along with director Gore Verbinski and executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer, were in London over the weekend trying to salvage their sunken ship through the power of the foreign market. Their strategy? Convince everyone that it wasn’t the reviews of their movie that were shitty—it was the people who wrote them.
Hammer, who to his credit opens up despite his publicist’s off-camera objection, starts off by claiming that critics targeted the movie as a destined failure the second its well-documented struggles in pre-production became public, and therefore never gave it a fair shake. Depp seems to imply that because of his wildly successful Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, movie critics have some sort of vendetta against himself, Bruckheimer, and Verbinski, who he worked with on those films. The whole thing is very conspiracy theory, and ignores the fact that American audiences aren’t known for treating a critic’s word as gospel. If that were the case, then producers like Jerry Bruckheimer wouldn’t be successful in the first place.