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Last line of dialogue from 2006 draft of The Rum Diary script!

March 4, 2009

Hollywood Elsewhere

Jeffrey Wells on March 3, 2009

Early Bleary Thompson

“‘To live my my life like I want to,’ he said, ‘is the least I can do.’ And that had worked for him. And when it was over, he knew it was over and required no explanation. He had spent half a life blowing his brains out with booze, and the bullet was just a period at the end of no sentence in particular.” — the last line of dialogue in a 2006 draft of Bruce Robinson’s The Rum Diary, an adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s revised version of a novel by the same name which he originally wrote in 1959.

I received the Rum Diary script last weekend, and when I read that final page I said to myself, “Whoa.” I mean, is that Thompson talking about his own life or what? Talk about an epitaph.

The Rum Diary, which Robinson will begin directing in San Juan later this month, will star Johnny Depp as expat journalist Paul Kemp, Amber Heard as the temptressy Chenault, Richard Jenkins as the likable Lotterman and Aaron Eckhart as the adjective-defying Sanderson.

Both the book and the film tell Kemp’s story, a malcontent journo who moves from New York to work for a small newspaper, The Daily News, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. If you know Thompson’s stuff, you know what this will be — and that’s okay by me.


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6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 5, 2009 5:08 am

    Love your blog! So much here for the HST fan. I look forward to exploring it fully. I actually just finished reading The Curse of Lono. Wow, what a blast! Catch you later …

    • Ron Mexico permalink*
      March 6, 2009 7:22 pm

      Cheers – Curse of Lono is a great one alright, can’t think of anything like it out there.

  2. evochka permalink
    March 6, 2009 5:19 pm

    Is it part from old version fo script or new?

    • Ron Mexico permalink*
      March 6, 2009 7:22 pm

      It is from the 2006 draft, not sure whether it made the final draft.

  3. March 15, 2009 12:16 pm

    Sounds like, maybe, that we might be getting an omniscient narrator?


  4. March 15, 2009 12:17 pm


    My latest edition of ‘HST Fridays’ can be found here (for anybody interested).


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