Building Tonto: A De(pp)construction
Depp: Original Recipe
What's the secret recipe for Johnny Depp's over-the-top Lone Ranger look? It's simple: Just take the star's naked face, courtesy of a still from Finding Neverland, and add ingredients found in five of his previous films — plus one winged ringer.
Depp is no stranger to pale pancake makeup — it's a staple of his Tim Burton collaborations, from Edward Scissorhands to Dark Shadows. So let's start by painting him white, à la Edward, Barnabas Collins, and especially Alice in Wonderland's Mad Hatter.
Whiteface is nothing without a pair of contrasting kohl-rimmed peepers — another look Depp knows well. Let's take out Dark Shadows' industrial-strength eyeliner and start circling.
All that liner is bound to smudge, especially if Depp gets emotional — so let's go ahead and draw on some dark zigzags, last seen in 1995's Dead Man. They could very well be mistaken for mascara tears. (Alternative: Take Depp's bloody cheeks from Once Upon a Time in Mexico and paint them black.)
Long, Wavy Hair
Does Tonto's 'do look familiar? It should — though it's dread-free, the wig's length, color, and flair (beads become feathers) recall Captain Jack Sparrow of Pirates of the Caribbean fame, arguably Depp's most iconic costumed role.
Though Depp's little-seen directorial debut The Brave was never released in the U.S., we do know that he wore a bitchin' headband in it. Add it to our Franken-Depp, and we're nearly good to go?
Put a Bird on It
We're just missing one tiny detail...eh, let's just slap on an Angry Bird.
Voilà! A perfect likeness! Up next: How to make Khal Drogo, using only elements of old Johnny Depp costumes. (Hint: Leave the whiteface, take the guyliner.)