Johnny Depp Was Nearly Killed on the Set of 'The Lone Ranger'
While playing the Lone Ranger's sidekick, Tonto, in the Disney film due out this summer, Johnny Depp endured what he called an "unpleasant" experience on his horse. We'd call it "near-death," but hey, tom-ay-to, to-mah-to. "My horse that I was on decided to jump a couple of these little obstacles. The horse was unaware that the saddle I was wearing to sit on top of it was sort of jerry-rigged, kind of faked," Depp told David Letterman Thursday on the "Late Show." The saddle slipped, Depp "hit the deck pretty hard," and the horse remained above him. "I saw in front of my eyes these very muscular horse legs and the striations of muscles moving; this kind of death machine," said the actor. "One word popped into my head: 'hooves.' You know? Hooves. In any case, mind the hooves."
Luckily, Depp's equine co-star handled the situation gracefully. "The one thing that saved me was the horse's instinct to lift his front legs and go over me," he said. "If not, it was coming straight down into the head." (E)