Behold the hip, handsome Lone Ranger. The original masked man rides onto the WB with a two-hour movie aimed at a new generation

Chad Michael Murray, The Lone Ranger
Credit: The Lone Ranger: Carol Kaelson

If the Man of Steel can get a modern, WB-network makeover on ”Smallville,” it was only a matter of time before the Masked Man got a cool haircut, a dose of political correctness, and his own TV movie. ”The Lone Ranger” (Feb. 26, 8 p.m. The WB) puts an MTV spin on the old wild West, with hallucinogenic drugs, high-flying stunts, and even some rock and roll. talked to the revamped do-gooder (who bears a striking resemblance to ”Gilmore Girls” regular Chad Michael Murray, 21) about the Lone Ranger workout, Tonto’s smoking hot sister, and getting high the old-fashioned way.

So, where does the Lone Ranger get a shag haircut and highlights in the wild West?
Oh, I’m not into trends. The hair grows out and it just looks how it looks, right?

Tonto takes you under his wing and teaches you how to kick butt the Native American way. Any thought of starting a fitness bootcamp?
”How to Become A Lone Ranger In A Week”! Yeah, there could be a training program. But it would cost big money.

We see you chomping down on something that looks suspiciously like a prune, then watch as you hallucinate your father, your dead brother, and a big white horse. Should we assume you weren’t tripping on a prune?
That was peyote, which was given to me for a vision quest. I didn’t understand at the time what it was, but I was hungry, so I ate it. Luckily, it helped me confront my fears and my desires and figure out what was bothering me. Plus, I found my spirit guide, Silver, and that’s pretty much what peyote is all about.

This time around the Lone Ranger doesn’t seem to be so lonely, given all the hot chicks in town who take a shine to him.
I’m in a situation a lot of men would envy. I have three women around me: the mayor’s daughter; Tonto’s sister Alope; and there’s even a connection between me and my brother’s widow, which is a little sick and twisted. So yeah, I think it’s going to get a little spicy.

Speaking of spicy, wouldn’t an interracial romance with Alope be a bit of a scandal in the old West?
I don’t even think about it, because I don’t really see in black and white. I see human beings. And she’s an incredible, down to earth human being. So other people just have to deal with it.

How do you think Tonto’s going to cope once he finds out you’ve been eyeballing his little sister?
I don’t think he’s going to handle it very well, actually. I’d like to think he trusts me. But if I hurt her, he’s going to break my legs.

So what does the Lone Ranger drink these days, sarsaparilla?
I learned to like my brother’s moonshine, which is really hardcore. I’m not an alcoholic by any means, but I like something with a kick. Maybe in the old days people thought the Lone Ranger wasn’t allowed to drink or smoke or have sex, but this is a different generation.

The movie has a rip-roaring rock soundtrack. But what do you listen to? And don’t say the William Tell Overture.
Back in the day we didn’t have cool hip-hop and trendy music. So for me, it’s all about a guy, a banjo, and a sad, sad song.

The Lone Ranger

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 149 minutes
  • Gore Verbinski