Arnie Hammer scales great heights in new ‘The Lone Ranger’ featurette – watch

Actor performs stunt 2,000 feet above a canyon floor in the new Disney film

Actor Arnie Hammer had to perform a scary stunt on the edge of a canyon for The Lone Ranger.

A new online featuerette sees the The Social Network actor perform the vertigo-inducing stunt on a rickety platform situated 2,000 feet above the canyon floor with only a harness for safety and a helicopter – filming the scene – almost blasting him off his perch. You can watch the short clip below.

“My head broke even of (sic) the platform and I saw nothing,” says Hammer. “Everything in my body was screaming, ‘Get down! Get down!’ It was pretty tense.” Hammer had to perform the scene himself, rather than have a stand-in stunt man, as director Gore Verbinski prefers to shoot real when he can.

The big budget western stars Hammer as the iconic title character, who first appeared in a 1930s radio show and has since spawned his own novels, comic books and TV series. Johnny Depp co-stars as his American Indian companion Tonto.

The Lone Ranger‘s cast also includes Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Wilkinson and former 24 actor James Badge Dale. Originally, Jack White was down to write the film’s score, but he pulled out last December (2012) due to a scheduling conflict and was replaced by prolific film composer Hans Zimmer.

The Lone Ranger opens in the US on July 4, but UK cinema-goers will have to wait until August 9 to see it.