Armie Hammer Takes On A Risky Stunt In New Lone Ranger Featurette

By Eric Eisenberg 2013-06-04 12:55:05discussion comments
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Standing at 6'5", Armie Hammer has more experience than most with heights. But standing that tall just means he was that much higher up while standing on a rickety platform balanced on a cliff while shooting The Lone Ranger.

As was revealed back at CinemaCon in April, Hammer's character, the eponymous hero, ends up on said platform when his body is found and healed by the the Native American Tonto (Johnny Depp). As you can see in the featurette above, however, which was provided by the folks over at Yahoo!, the production decided to forgo the use of blue screen and digital elements in favor of practical effects, putting their star in a harness and making him tip-toe around 1000ft above the ground in the rocky Utah desert. It's not the most thrilling, action-packed stunt of all time, but it's still pretty thrilling. I'm not sure if I could get myself up on to that platform - and if I did I'm not sure I wouldn't spend the entire time lying on my stomach to avoid falling.

Directed by Gore Verbinski, who is coming off the Oscar win for Rango in 2011, The Lone Ranger tells the story of the classic western hero as he teams up with Tonto to bring down a criminal/escaped prisoner/demon Butch Cavendish (William Fitchner). Tom Wilkinson, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter co-star in the film, which will be in theaters on July 3rd, just in time for the Independence Day holiday and weekend.
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