Johnny Depp's Tonto aside, sidekicks deserve praise

Johnny Depp’s exaggerated performance as sidekick Tonto in the 'The Lone Ranger' serves as a useful reminder that being a good No. 2 is harder than it looks, and that humble second bananas often perform a useful role in entertainment, literature, and politics.

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    Johnny Depp, left, as Tonto, walks alongside Armie Hammer as The Lone Ranger, in a scene from the film 'The Lone Ranger.' Op-ed contributor Danny Heitman writes: 'One has to wonder if the essential virtues of the junior partner – deference, modesty, the muting of self – are lapsing into extinction.'
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