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Johnny Depp Promised Hunter S. Thompson He'd Shoot 'Rum Diary'

December 14th, 2010 2:15pm EST
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is glad he was finally able to make a movie version of Hunter S. Thompson's The Rum Diary - because it fulfills a promise he made to the writer before his death.

The Hollywood star met cult author Thompson "many years ago" and claims he and the writer discovered a long-lost script at Thompson's home, which they agreed to work on as a film with director Bruce Robinson.

The script Depp and Thompson discovered was published as The Rum Diary in 1998, but the movie project fell through because Robinson had decided to take a break from Hollywood. So Depp was delighted when the fil...

Review: 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus' Is A Storyteller's Tale For Gilliam, Ledger Fans

December 28th, 2009 1:26pm EST
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
Terry Gilliam is an interesting Hollywood director in that he's bizarre and not mainstream, and yet his films are so interesting and bizarre that they get critical acclaim and great notice. His started with the "Monty Python" gang and moved on to hits like "Brazil," "Time Bandits," "12 Monkeys," and "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas." He had his fair share of failures too with the odd "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" and the lukewarm critical reactions to his film "The Brothers Grimm." It was always an uphill battle for Gilliam since his movies are visually intriguing, mind bending, and n...

Johnny Depp Felt 'Privileged' To Fill Heath Ledger's Shoes

December 17th, 2009 3:07pm EST
Johnny Depp Felt
Johnny Depp felt "privileged" to replace Heath Ledger in new movie The Imaginarium Of Dr. Parnassus, describing the late star as a "thundering and ungovernable talent."

Ledger was midway through making the movie when he died from an accidental drug overdose in January 2008.

Director Terry Gilliam chose to fill his character in the remaining scenes with an ensemble cast of Jude Law, Colin Farrell and Depp, who starred in his 1998 movie Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas.

Depp admits it was tough filling the Oscar winner's shoes, but he felt honored to share the screen with an actor he...

Johnny Depp's Best & Worst Films - Do You Agree?

June 30th, 2009 9:36am EDT
Pirates of the Caribbean
The problem with an actor like Johnny Depp is finding movies in his history that aren't fantastic. Then you have to consider the movies that aren't that good, but that he was great in anyway (which covers basically everything else).

The truth is, this Kentucky-born actor is one of the best in his or anyone's generation, and he also is an accomplished producer, director, screenwriter, and yes, even has quite a set of singing pipes. Good thing he's just so unattractive or he might just be the perfect Hollywood hunk ... oh wait. He's gorgeous. Damn you, Johnny Depp!

Here's a look at so...

Famous Fans Pay Tribute To Hunter S. Thompson At Movie Unveiling

June 29th, 2008 5:00pm EDT
Meg Ryan
A New York party to honor late author Hunter S. Thompson attracted a star-studded crowd including Meg Ryan, Jimmy Buffett and Candice Bergen on Wednesday.

A new movie about the Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas writer, entitled Gonzo, was screened at the bash at exclusive New York restaurant the Waverly Inn.

In the documentary, Thompson's first wife Sondi Wright attacks his 2005 suicide, claiming "this is a time (in American politics) when Hunter Thompson could make a difference in this country".

But at Wednesday's party, guests lined up to sing Thompson's praises. Vanity Fair e...

'Inside The Actor's Studio: Johnny Depp' Coming To DVD Nov. 20

November 15th, 2007 3:47pm EST
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp, who began as one of the most intriguing actors of his generation, has become one of its most respected artists and incandescent stars. Launching his career as a teenage heartthrob, then moving into eccentric roles in films like Edward Scissorhands and What's Eating Gilbert Grape, he has alternated between independent films like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas and mainstream blockbusters like the Pirates Of The Caribbean trilogy, leading to the inescapable conclusion that his future is as bright and varied as his vivid, unbridled imagination.

In one of only a handful of inte...

Johnny Depp Considers Himself Lucky To Be A Successful Actor

July 9th, 2006 2:00pm EDT
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp considers himself lucky to be such a successful actor as many of the movies he has made flopped at the box-office.

Depp, who has now tasted mainstream success thanks to the Pirates Of The Caribbean films, admits he isn't a great judge of whether scripts he is sent will turn out to be profitable movies.

The 43-year-old says, "I was in a cluster of movies that by Hollywood definitions were not successful. They were flops. I was considered box-office poison but to me they were all successful and I don't feel any different about a success or failure. I don't know how to ex...

Johnny Depp Is Inspired By Marlon Brando, Hunter S. Thompson

June 27th, 2006 8:57am EDT
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp credits the memories of two important figures in his life - legendary actor Marlon Brando and iconic journalist Hunter S. Thompson - for helping him make major decisions in his life.

Depp co-starred with Brando in 1995's Don Juan DeMarco and starred in 1998's Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas based on Thompson's classic book.

He explains, "I wouldn't do anything that I thought could disappoint them or make them ashamed. Even if I'm alone - even if I'm going down this road and I feel it's really what this character is and everyone in the world thinks I'm wrong - you've g...

Various Stars Contribute to Hunter S. Thompson Documentary

March 8th, 2006 9:12am EST
Benicio Del Toro
Johnny Depp, Sean Penn, Bill Murray, John Cusack and Benicio Del Toro have come together for a documentary on the life and death of gonzo journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson. The documentary, called "Buy The Ticket, Take the Ride: Hunter S. Thompson On Film" is currently wrapping up production.

Depp played the author in Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas the big screen adaptation of Thompson's book, along with Benicio Del Toro as his lawyer, Dr. Gonzo.

Writer/director Tom Thurman plans to have the documentary completed by August and will decided then whether to release it theatri...

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