Hunter Thompson's Rum Diary trailer, starring Johnny Depp

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Johnny Depp reprises his role as Hunter S. Thompson for The Rum Diary, the good Doctor's 1959 novel that didn't see publication until 1998. (Thanks, Bob Pescovitz!)


  1. The movie treatment of Fear and Loathing followed the structure and dialogue of the book remarkably closely, and was terrific in part because of that fidelity. I can barely recognize the Rum Diary novel from the movie trailer. Seems to have been pretty thoroughly rewritten.

    Don’t know if that’s a necessarily a bad thing, but presumably it is. Hunter S. needs improving?

  2. Love HST! been waiting for this for awhile. Like him or hate em Depp always gives his best for the good Doctor.

  3. Loved this book; trailer looks quite promising.

    I just watched the ‘Gonzo’ documentary over the weekend, and I’m here to report as Captain Obvious that HST was freaking awesome.

  4. Hi hugh, I had read something about the making of this movie. They have been trying to do it a few times and its gone through a bunch of actor and script changes. HST wanted to get rid of the character yemon (don’t recall the exact name). HST had written that character in at the last minute for the book. So the movie is going to follow what HST wanted to some degree. 

  5. whether it’s true to the book or not, looks like it’ll be a fun flick. glad to see johnny in a role that allows him to be more than a cartoon character again. 

      1. ha, touche! i’m just glad he’s not reprising his role as jack sparrow/willy wonka/the mad hatter. i’m tired of that johnny depp.

  6. Looks like the film will adhere to a (perhaps slightly) more serious tone than the Vegas film, as the book bespoke a more serious tone than the Vegas book.

    HST was NOT a cartoon character.  I imagine saying so would have gotten you kicked abruptly out of the kitchen into the Woody Creek snow.  Not many friends to be found at The Tavern, I’d wager, if it was known that The Good Doctor had just kicked you out for personal offense.

    Also…squeeeeeeee!  Fuck yes.  Been waiting for this.  Anybody got word on Sean Penn/Curse of Lono?  Was that just a rumor?

  7. Hmmm…. I get the feeling in parts of this trailer that the jokes have been “punched up” in a generic Hollywood comedy sort of way.

    1. I’m staying optimistic – Trailer editors don’t understand subtlety.
      At all.

      It’s sheer luck that they didn’t add a SPROINGGGGG noise after the yacht joke.

  8. Correction, his role as **Paul Kemp, not HST.

    The plot of Rum Diaries is fictional, whereas Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was semi-fictional/who-the-F&#%-knows-all. A little misleading since Johnny Depp could be then seen as playing HST in the Rum Diaries, according to the BB caption. 

  9. The book is a lot of fun but reeks of amateurish structure; there’s really no pay off to it, especially if it is distilled into a two hour screenplay. So it is inevitable that the movie adaptation needs a reworked story. Anyway! Looks fun.

  10. it has been quite a while since I read The Rum Diary, but little in the trailer reminds me of what I read in the book (from what I can remember). It seems like quite a re-write.That may be not a bad thing.  There was a reason it didn’t get published for so long.  That being said, after seeing such flicks as the movie adaptation of great books like “Ask The Dust,” I’m weary of such things.

    1. The gang-bang-dance party seems to still be there. I don’t remember Chenault getting so hot and heavy with HST (or his stand-in character) though. Also how at that stage the Dr was more into booze than chemicals (the trailer has what seems to be acid/mescaline taking). This whole thing happens a good dozen years before Vegas, ten or so years before meeting Oscar – so he is a a more younger, naive, inexperience being/journalist.

      There is a lot of critique of the social structure (both local and foreign) that i hope will translate to the film since i think is an important point.-G,

  11. If you have never read the book read it…with a mojito and a cigar in a hammock. It is frenetic, riveting, and dirty.

  12. For the longest time I’ve been thinking about putting together a chart showing each of Johnny Depp’s signature characters paired with their substance of choice (i.e. George Jung = Cocaine, Jack Sparrow = Rum, Edward Scissorhands = Heroin, etc etc.) but I could never figure how how to fit all of Thompson’s vices into one page.

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