‘Rum Diary’ Trailer: Johnny Depp Drinking & Partying In Puerto Rico

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The fact that Johnny Depp is a big fan of the late “father of Gonzo journalism” Hunter S. Thompson is no secret.

Depp played Thompson’s alter-ego, Raoul Duke, in Terry Gilliam’s Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, narrated Alex Gibney’s documentary Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, and was a good friend of the real Thompson – enough so to finance his private funeral, where the late writer’s remains were shot out of a canon, along with a collection of fireworks.

This fall’s The Rum Diary sees Depp tackle yet another of Thompson’s aliases: Paul Kemp, a New York journalist who travels to San Juan, Puerto Rico, in order to work for a local paper and instead raises hell, fueled by booze, lust, and a desire to upend the status quo.

Oscar-nominated actor/writer/director Bruce Robinson (How to Get Ahead in Advertising) adapted Thompson’s original Rum Diary book for the big screen and directed the flick. Joining Depp on his latest crazed adventure are the likes of Amber Heard (Drive Angry), Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight), Giovanni Ribisi (Lost in Translation), and Academy Award-nominee Richard Jenkins (The Visitor).

Check out the trailer for The Rum Diary below:

One thing should be obvious, after watching that preview – Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas this ain’t. That film has earned a cult following for being as stylistically warped and out-of-control as its characters and subject matter; Rum Diary looks positively normal by comparison, as far as Robinson’s filmmaking aesthetic goes.

This is still a Hunter S. Thompson tale and Robinson looks to have captured the outlandish nature of the story and its participants. Whereas Fear & Loathing dealt with the eventual decay and self-destruction of the 1960s counter-cultural movement, Rum Diary takes place at its onset. Hence why the latter film looks like much more of a “eat, drink, and be merry” affair, with scenes full of reckless behavior, heavy drinking, carefree sex, and just about every other hippie stereotype you can think of.

Depp clearly has his Thompson shtick down pat at this point, complete with rumbly voice and oddball mannerisms. The actor’s take on the Duke character from Fear & Loathing is quite famous, having even been the inspiration for his animated character, Rango (see below). However, Depp’s version of Thompson’s Kemp persona could actually feel like less of a caricature and more of a fully-realized character, in comparison.

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Rum Diary won’t be a smash at the box office, but it will be one of the most non-mainstream projects that Depp’s taken on in recent memory. For people who were fans of the eccentric actor long before the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie essentially made him a household name, it’s a welcome return to form.

The Rum Diary is scheduled to roll into U.S. theaters on October 28th, 2011.

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  1. I can’t wait. Big fan of the book. One of my favorites of Hunter’s

  2. Oh my God! I’m still laughing! Was that a Bedazzled trutle? Can’t wait!

  3. Is it just me or does michael rispoli’s character in the trailer sound just like benicio del toro in fear and loathing? no complaints though, looks awesome!

  4. I so can not wait!!! It’s also one of my favorite books, being Thompson’s only work of fiction. Also very happy that Depp signed on to do this. May actually go more the once.

  5. Definitely a must see for me!

  6. Wasn’t sure bout this before but I loved the trailer, definitely going to see this at some point.

  7. Come on. It’s been proven that nothing is sacred but if you want to see 1957 all you have to do is fly down to Havana.. the trailer looks fine but there is no way to depict Hunter Thompson on a stylized 2011 screen & as far as johnny depp is concerned you are either a sellout or you’re not, you don’t get to be both. See Leonardo DiCaprio, he was on the road to becoming a proper actor when he was doing films like Basketball Diaries, then he went & decided money & the life was more important. It’s like nobody in the world even remembers there’s rules to art.

    This is a joke & a stylized glossy fraud that spits in the face of a very rare 20th century authentic. Enjoy pissing your money away on a censored luded up shiny turd loosely based if even that on a good book.

    • Sounds like someones drunk off tequila-laced tacos there bud :)

  8. Bitter much?-
    This movie looks great, I’ll be there for sure!

  9. I’m becoming a fan of Thompson very quickly. This picture looks totally insane (in the best possible way). Very good. Also, I’m excited for the fact that this is the first picture that has reached completion and release from Infinitum Nihil, Johnny’s production company. He started the company in 2004 to develop projects where he will serve as actor and/or producer. They’ve had numerous projects in development over there, but a lot of struggles and pitfalls with the making of them.
    Also scheduled for release from Nihil, Hugo, directed by Scorsese, and Dark Shadows, directed by Burton.

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