Armie Hammer plays the masked title hero on Disney's new film "The Lone Ranger" and got to act alongside Johnny Depp, perform several of his own stunts, learn how to be a cowboy and ... sweat. A lot.
In the Disney film, which hit theaters on July 3, Hammer plays John Reid, a man of the law, who teams up with the American Indian warrior Tonto, portrayed by Depp, in order to bring to justice people who destroyed the villages of his tribe. The movie is the latest adaptation of a classic story brought to life in radio, TV and comic books.
(Check out PHOTOS of Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp in "The Lone Ranger" as well as pictures of them on the red carpet at the June 2013 premiere of the film in Disneyland. You can also watch a trailer for the movie and videos of Hammer and Depp behind-the-scenes, above.)
Check out 5 questions answered by Armie Hammer.
1. So wearing a leather mask in the heat equals sweaty face?
"Equals only sweat coming from this part of my face," Hammer, 26, told OTRC.com, motioning to areas around his eyes. "Dry face everywhere else, but just a waterfall of my own sweat out of my face."
"It was also a little bit like, you know, when you play football, you put the black kind of under your eyes to reduce the glare? It really works. So you put that mask on and it was little bit like putting on sunglasses."
2. I know you went to cowboy boot camp ... are you good at all that or was that the tough part of this gig?
"I don't know if I was good at it at the beginning, but I enjoyed it so much that by the end, I was getting a lot of crap from all the wranglers, so I felt, if I'm getting this much crap, I might be getting kinda good at this."
3. Some of the stunts look like it's you and I have to believe that it's not you?
"No. I mean, if you go back and watch the movie, you can judge it for yourself. Anytime you see a stunt happen with any of the actors and there's a face or a hand in front of their face or their back is turned, that's not them. But if you can see our face, like you see, when we hit the ground, our look of pain, or anything like that, then that's us."
4. I think you can look at this objectively and see that this could be a game-changer in your career. But then I look at your career and everything you've done has kind of worked so far, so maybe the game's already changed.
"I'm just having fun playing. I'm ambivalent as to what happens. I'm just enjoying it. I just like to keep working."
5. What was the one thing that you knew you had to make the Lone Ranger to be you?
"You know what, the thing that kind of made our Lone Ranger specifically ours was his human element. You know, in the original television show, you had a hero and ... that hero was born out of the ending of the Second World War and sort of the Korean War conflict and all that stuff, kinda generating."
"So America wanted a hero that they could just put on television and just kinda zone out and just watch a guy be a good guy. But that doesn't work if you want to watch a two-hour movie nowadays. We have a much more discerning audience. So we had to give him a struggle. He's got the same moral compass that the original Lone Ranger has, but he deals with it in a more human way. You see him struggle and sometimes, you see him lose."
(Watch a video of Armie Hammer's interview with OTRC.com, in which he answers more questions about "The Lone Ranger," by clicking on the image above.)Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).