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Depp: Children greatest achievement

Johnny Depp has said his two children are the most important achievement in his life.

The Lone Ranger star, who plays Native American Tonto in the new film adaptation, said the youngsters rank above anything in his career.

The 50-year-old star was asked about the greatest thing he has done in his life during a visit to London to promote the film.

"My kids. My daughter Lily-Rose who's 14; my boy Jack who's 11. There's nothing I've done in terms of anything else in existence that comes close. So my kids are most important," Depp said.

The Hollywood heart-throb separated from his children's mother Vanessa Paradis last year after 14 years together. He is now dating 27-year-old actress Amber Heard whom he met when they starred together in The Rum Diary in 2011.

At a press conference to launch the film, his British co-star Ruth Wilson told how she insisted to director Gore Verbinski how she did not want her character to be just another damsel in distress.

Ruth, who plays the love interest of the Lone Ranger (played by Armie Hammer), said: "The stereotypical lady in a Western is a damsel in distress tied to a railway. And I was quite insistent with Gore that I wanted to be a bit tough, and slap back and scratch back and spit back; so I did."

The 31-year-old, who also appears in BBC series Luther, said she competed with her male co-stars on the set of the action adventure.

"I've got three older brothers. I've grown up with loads of men, so I'm used to getting down and dirty with the boys. I quite enjoy it. But also on set, half the crew are women, make-up and costume, so you never feel the odd one out or the only one," she said.

"And I just like to compete with them and keep up with them. It's a challenge. It was great to be a Brit in a Western, so I enjoyed every moment of it."

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