Johnny Depp’s Invention of “Tonto’s Giant Nuts” before becoming “Tonto” on the Lone Rangerby Dee Dee Garcia Blase on May. 17, 2013, under Art y arte, Cultura, Culture, Music
A little bit of music history before Johnny Depp took on the role of Tonto for Disney in the Lone Ranger movie to be released July 3, 2013 …
Mexican American film director Robert Rodriguez put together a soundtrack for Once Upon A Time In Mexico performed by a group of musicians gathered specifically for the soundtrack recording. Tracks performed by the group includes “Malagueña” with guitar by Brian Setzer and “Siente Mi Amor”, with singing by Salma Hayek. Track 9, “Sands’ Theme,” is credited to “Tonto’s Giant Nuts” but was in fact written by Johnny Depp (according to WIKI, some believe he invented the name ‘Tonto’s Giant Nuts’ as a joke). On the DVD director commentary, Robert Rodriguez states that he requested that each of the main actors give him four or eight notes of a melody for their character, but Depp presented him with the entire track.
More recently, Tonto’s Giant Nuts featuring Johnny Depp and Bruce Witkin recorded their version of “Little Lion Man,” a Mumford & Sons cover for a West of Memphis: Voices For Justice Project. The purchase of this album will in part directly benefit the West Memphis Three and serves to raise awareness for the continuing fight for exoneration of the West Memphis Three.
So there you have it. It appears Johnny Depp had “Tonto” on the brain way before the Disney Lone Ranger movie came out.
Perhaps Depp admired Tonto for quite some time?
Who knows …
Meanwhile, you can see one of Depp’s first music appearances via the Once Upon A Time In Mexico Soundtrack / tracklisting below.
“Malagueña” (Brian Setzer) – 4:22
“Traeme Paz” (Patricia Vonne) – 2:56
“Eye Patch” (Alex Ruiz) – 1:51
“Yo Te Quiero” (Marcos Loya) – 3:48
“Guitar Town” (Robert Rodriguez) – 2:04
“Church Shootout” (Robert Rodriguez) – 1:38
“Dias de Los Angeles” (Rick Del Castillo) – 5:08
“The Man With No Eyes” (Robert Rodriguez) – 2:09
“Mariachi vs. Marquez” (Robert Rodriguez) – 1:33
“Chicle Boy” (Robert Rodriguez) – 1:30
“Coup de Etat” (Robert Rodriguez) – 3:02
“El Mariachi” (Robert Rodriguez) – 1:22
“Siente Mi Amor” (Salma Hayek) – 4:24