As Johnny Depp continues filming on The Lone Ranger the budget is increasing daily to preciptous levels that according to some reports border on $250 million. The film is definitely a gamble for Disney following Depp’s recent box-office under performers and the John Carter fiasco.
Meanwhile Depp immerses himself in the Indian culture of Tonto and no doubt looks to his own real-life ancestry for inspiration. His first tattoo dating back to the 1980s was of a Cherokee Chief in full headdress. It was a reminder of his ancestral heritage through Minnie, his Cherokee great-great grandmother. Depp took his heritage one step further recently after becoming an honorary member of the Comanche Nation and adopting the name of Mah Woo May which translates as shape-shifter. The private ceremony took place at the home of LaDonna Harris, president and founder of Americans for Indian Opportunity.