Aussie actor's small 'Lone Ranger' role gives him big chance

Johnny Depp, left, and Armie Hammer in a scene from the movie The Lone Ranger.
Johnny Depp, left, and Armie Hammer in a scene from the movie The Lone Ranger. Peter Mountain - Contributed by

THIS past week has been a busy one for Damon Herriman.

The Aussie actor has been in LA for the premieres of his two latest movies: Disney's blockbuster The Lone Ranger and local indie flick 100 Bloody Acres.

"I made sure I was over here for both," he told APN.

"It's a real contrast. I got a smallish role in The Lone Ranger, but it's one of the biggest films you could ever hope to be a part of, and then I've got a big role in a lovely little indie film from home."

Herriman plays Cavendish gang member Ray, who wears a hangman's noose around his neck as a reminder of the time he almost died at the end of the rope.

He spent four hours getting his make-up done each day during filming on Jerry Bruckheimer's reboot of the beloved 1949 TV Western.

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"I said to my own mum 'you may not recognise me in the film'," he said.

"I had this really grotesque villain make-up. In the baking sun there were days where I started swaying in the breeze."

Actor Damon Herriman, left, on the set of The Lone Ranger.
Actor Damon Herriman, left, on the set of The Lone Ranger. Peter Mountain

Much of the movie was filmed on location in the deserts of Utah and Nevada and features daring stunts and trick horse riding.

"The serious stunts were done by the stunt guys, and when people see the film they'll realise why," said Herriman, who attended a cowboy camp to learn riding and gun twirling.

"The closest I got was a scene where we had to all ride at a decent speed up to a cliff edge.

"I remember thinking on the day 'they won't get us to ride up to the cliff edge' but we did.

"The thing with horses is once they start to run they follow the other horses; they just go.

"When we got to that cliff edge I was glad my horse stopped."

Herriman was full of praise for the film's leading man Armie Hammer, best known for playing the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network.

The actors both starred in Clint Eastwood's FBI drama J Edgar, although they only shared a few scenes together.

"He's immediately just incredibly friendly. He's one of the genuine nice guys," he said.

"And he's super talented to go with it. That's the combination in someone I love seeing - really nice talented people who succeed."

Herriman returns to Australia next week to begin filming for Channel 7's INXS telemovie Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold INXS Story in which he plays the band's manager CM Murphy.

The Lone Ranger opens in cinemas on July 4.

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