“Fear and Loathing” star explores gonzo journalist’s early years in new film, out Oct. 28
Johnny Depp is going gonzo once more.
The "Pirates of the Caribbean" star — who portrayed journalist Hunter S. Thompson in the 1998 adaptation of Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" — stars in the upcoming FilmDistrict offering "The Rum Diary," which is based on Thompson's first novel of the same name.
In the film, Depp plays Thompson's alter-ego Paul Kemp, an itinerant reporter who travels to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to work at a newspaper and finds himself enmeshed in web of booze, chaos and corruption. Maybe he should consider himself lucky — at least there aren't any bats swarming his car this time…