With the Lone Ranger likely to lose in the neighborhood of $190 million when all is said and done, some of those involved with the movie are looking for someone to blame.
And they’re pointing their fingers squarely at critics.
While promoting the British release of the film, stars Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp have said that that American critics were too harsh on the film and condemned it for its inflated price tag and without ever seeing it.
“This is the deal with American critics. They’ve been gunning for our movie since it was shut down the first time, and I think that’s when most of the critics wrote their initial reviews,” Hammer says in a video posted by Yahoo’s UK Movies site.
“I think most of the reviews were written when they heard Gore (Verbinksi) , Jerry (Bruckheimer) and I were going to doLone Ranger,” Depp adds.
Bruckheimer argued that critics were reviewing the movie’s budget, estimated to be more than $250 million, and he defended the content of the film.
Hammer goes on to claim U.S. critics tried to “do the same thing to World War Z,” but that movie went on to be well-received.
“Instead, they decided to slit the jugular of our movie,” he says.
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