Johnny Depp: Everyone should wear a dead bird like Tonto

Johnny Depp revealed the inspiration behind his costume for Tonto in 'The Lone Ranger' and claimed "everyone" should try wearing a dead bird on their head

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Johnny Depp as Tonto

Johnny Depp in 'The Lone Ranger'

Johnny Depp says "everyone" needs a dead bird on their head like his character in 'The Lone Ranger'.

The actor devised his own look for his role as Tonto - black and white war paint and a headdress featuring a stuffed row - and insisted it's something everybody should try.

He told Film3Sixty magazine: "I'd seen a painting of an Indian warrior with stripes down his face, like he was dissected. And just behind him there was a crow flying.

"At first glance, I thought the crow was on his head. So I decided the best thing to do was to take a dead bird and put it on my head, as my spirit guide. Everyone should try it, it's really something."

Costume designer Penny Rose - who worked with Depp on the new Disney western and the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' series - explained Tonto's image was intended to stand on its own merit rather than be overshadowed by the actor's previous characters.

She told the Sunday Telegraph newspaper's Seven magazine: "We really didn't want Tonto to be called Jack Sparrow on a horse.

"We wanted this to be iconic on its own. Johnny is the master of originality and has a big input."

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