The Good, the Bad, the Bogus: Movie Sidekicks

Jul 02, 2013 Comments

Hey, it's great that Johnny Depp is upgrading Tonto from sidekick to equal partner with Armie Hammer in The Lone Ranger, a movie that looks like a lot of fun. But it reminds us of two challenges facing filmmakers: 1) When adapting well-known properties for the big screen, how do you attract A-list talent to a secondary or sidekick role without diminishing the role of the hero? 2) How do you add a sidekick in a sequel? Some movies have been more successful than others…

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