Thursday 22 February 2018

Johnny Depp: Hunter's still with me

Johnny Depp said Hunter S Thompson's presence was felt on the set of The Rum Diary
Johnny Depp said Hunter S Thompson's presence was felt on the set of The Rum Diary

Johnny Depp has revealed that Hunter S Thompson continues to influence him, from beyond the grave.

The Pirates Of The Caribbean actor, who starred in and produced the film of the author and gonzo journalist's debut novel The Rum Diary, admitted Hunter remains a constant inspiration.

"I still have him with me every day. I have him in my head when I plop my noggin down on the pillow at night, I hear him though I won't get those phone calls at three in the morning that suggest whatever kind of weirdness we could get up to, but I still have him in my head," he said.

The Hollywood star, the driving force of the film, ensured Hunter's posthumous presence was felt constantly on the film's set.

"One of my last efforts to salute the man was to continue in our venture, forcing him - even in death - to be a producer," he continued.

A chair with Hunter's name on it was on set each day, along with a script cover, ashtray, cigarettes, empty glass and a bottle of Chivas Regal whisky.

"We had to utilise all these elements to recognise Hunter, to salute him," he explained.

The duo's unlikely bond cemented over the years, with the actor becoming road manager on one of the writer's last book tours.

"The thing I initially connected with, in regard to Hunter's work, was his honesty," he revealed.

"You read about these amazing experiences and you think, 'That's b******t, it's his imagination' but when you've lived with and really spent time with him, as I have on the road, you realise it's all true. You end up living the books."

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