‘Rango’ movie premiere: Johnny Depp, always the chameleon

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Knowing that Johnny Depp based his swashbuckling Capt. Jack Sparrow character on Keith Richards, we can only imagine how he got his creative juices going to voice Rango, an animated chameleon who wants to be a swashbuckling hero.

All we know from behind-the-scenes footage is that Depp voiced his performance in costume, at one point wearing a black Spanish hat with black pompoms — and wearing a much different hat on Monday, Depp walked the red carpet in Westwood at the premiere of the Gore Verbinski-directed film.

Cast members joining him included Timothy Olyphant, Isla Fisher (wife of Sacha Baron Cohen), Abigail Breslin, Harry Dean Stanton, Alanna Ubach, Stephen Root and Gil Birmingham, known for playing Billy Black in the ‘Twilight’ films.

Also spotted: young thespians Ryan Ochoa and Rachel G. Fox and Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer, who wound up enlisting East L.A.'s own Los Lobos to get the mariachi music right for his ‘Rango’ score.

‘They could do it on their own, but it sounded funny,’ Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo told Pop & Hiss recently. ‘It didn’t sound authentic. ... You need someone who knows this music, someone to play it properly and get the real effect. That’s why they called us in.’

Click the pics for more photos from the ‘Rango’ premiere. The movie opens March 4.



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