Sunday, October 23, 2011

Johhny Depp Channels His Old Pal Hunter S. Thompson In "The Rum Diary'

Sara Stewart at the New York Post offers an interesting piece on how Johhny Depp, a friend of the late writer Hunter S. Thompson, was instrumental in having Thompson's novel The Rum Diary published and came to star in the film adaptation.

"It was the kind of town that made you feel like Humphrey Bogart: you came in on a bumpy little plane, and, for some mysterious reason, got a private room with a balcony overlooking the town and the harbor; then you sat there and drank until something happened.”

Hunter S. Thompson wrote this about San Juan, Puerto Rico, in his novel “The Rum Diary,” itself a passenger on a bumpy ride. Penned in the early 1960s and rejected by a half-dozen publishers, the long-forgotten manuscript was unearthed in Thompson’s basement by one of his house-guests -- Johnny Depp.

You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:

You can also read an earlier post on a collection of Hunter S. Thompson's Rolling Stone pieces via the below link:

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