Johnny Depp Receives Gifts from 'Star Struck' Navajo Visitors
BY MICHAEL HAEDERLE
Saturday April 14, 2012 11:40 AM EDT Johnny Depp and Gayle Dine' Chacon Courtesy Gayle Dine' Chacon
A bare-chested Johnny Depp welcomed gift-bearing visitors from the Navajo Nation while filming The Lone Ranger in the remote Monument Valley on Thursday.
Dressed as Tonto, the actor shared the good will visit with Navajo president Ben Shelly and vice president Rex Lee Jim, who presented Depp and costar Armie Hammer with Pendleton blankets.
Despite brisk, windy conditions, Depp posed for pictures, although when he was presented with the thick wool blanket he flung off the poncho he had been wearing and wrapped the blanket around his shoulders.
"This is a good trade," he said.
Dr. Gayle Dine' Chacon, the nation's surgeon general, also presented Depp with a traditional leather warrior pouch, which was decorated with an arrowhead to symbolize protection.
And when she gave Hammer a tiny silver revolver tie tack set with a piece of turquoise, he reacted playfully.
"He took out his gun from his holster and put the little gun inside," she says.
Dine' Chacon, who is responsible for responding to public health problems among Navajos, admitted to being unexpectedly "star struck" after her encounter with Depp. Courtesy Gayle Dine' Chacon
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Personally, I'm lovin' the look.