Last Minute Advanced Screening in San Diego – The Rum Diary!

Ok so there have been numerous reports of a screening taking place in San Diego tomorrow (Jan  13th). Details are scarce and this is all I have been able to find:

What: Last Minute Advanced Screening – The Rum Diary

When: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 5:45 PM

AMC Theatres La Jolla 12
8657 Villa La Jolla Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 558-2262

Make of it what you will and if you happen to be able to see it then be sure to let us know what it was like!



Chris Young to score The Rum Diary?

This news is from an unofficial source so keep that in mind!

“Christopher Young will score Bruce Robinson’s adaption of Hunter S. Thompson’s novel The Rum Diary starring Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckart and Giovanni Ribisi. The Rum Diary marks the second collaboration of Robinson and Young after Jennifer Eight. The movie is set to be released in 2010 and tells the story of Paul Kemp (Depp), a freelance journalist who finds himself at a critical turning point in his life while writing for a run-down newspaper in the Caribbean.”



More Extras Required For The Rum Diary


Producers of The Rum Diary are still scouting for extras to fill out scenes with Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart and Amber Heard. It is estimated that almost 3,500 people are needed over the 49 day filming schedule. 

One of the biggest challanges facing director Bruce Robinson is recreating the carnival of Saint Thomas.  For that scene in particular around 800 people are needed, of whom 200 have to be tourists. One of the many problem’s facing the casting director is getting people with the right look for a film set in 1960’s. Issues such as hair styles can prove to be a huge problem and anybody interested in being an extra must be prepared to have their hair styled in the appropriate manner to match the era in question. Another problem is finding enough fair skinned people to act as tourists and in a sense stand out from the Puerto Rican extras.  

Anybody that is interested in trying out should send a full body photo to, accompanied by your name, age, height & clothes size. Applicants should also mention what town they are from, because filming will take place  in Vega Baja, Ceiba and Naguabo. Oh and you might want to check out this great shot of Johnny Depp as Paul Kemp from recent filming on the island.



All I can say is I cannot wait for this film to be released!

Ron Mexico

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New Hunter S. Thompson Forum!

I wasn’t trying to be an outlaw writer. I never heard of that term; somebody else made it up. But we were all outside the law: Kerouac, Miller, Burroughs, Ginsberg, Kesey; I didn’t have a gauge as to who was the worst outlaw. I just recognized allies: my people.”

Hunter S. Thompson – Kingdom of Fear

Some of you may already be familiar with the forum we have had here for the past few months. You will no doubt also be familiar with the multitude of problems we have had with bugs and server issues. Well finally I decided I had enough with the crappy service our host was providing so I terminated our relationship with extreme prejudice.  Thankfully I have moved to a better platform which is more reliable and has better features. Unfortunately this means that you will have to re-register in order to post again. We have had thousands upon thousands of visitors to this blog since we launched and I would love if you could join us in new Totally Gonzo Forum. So drop by and start posting or I’ll set the leeches on you!!

Ron Mexico

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Johnny Depp in Puerto Rico for The Rum Diary

Old San Juan
Old San Juan

Johnny Depp has arrived in San Juan Puerto Rico to start filming Hunter S. Thompson’s The Rum Diary. He has been seen walking the streets of Old San Juan, an area which should feature predominantly in the film. Walking the streets of the old city, Depp was spotted entering various establishments in the area. 

Not much information is available regarding exact filming locations, but it is believed that at least one location will be the Caribe Hilton. The whole thing is due to kick off March 30th.

That is about it folks, glad to see this finally getting underway. I am really excited about this film, it should introduce Hunter S. Thompson to a whole new audience. By the way if you would like to share any information with us regarding The Rum Diary by all means throw us a bone at Any info. regarding filming would be greatly appreciated!


Ron Mexico

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

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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Johnny Depp looking for 800 extras for The Rum Diary


Dr. Thompson & Colonel Depp

Dr. Thompson & Colonel Depp

Johnny Depp is looking for more than 800 local extras for the film “The Rum Diary,” which begins filming in Puerto Rico on March 30. Casting directors are seeking people of all ages with different physical characteristics. Auditions will be held next Saturday at the Academy of Modeling Models Factory. Casting takes place between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm Interested individuals must attend the academy, located on the Paseo de la Atena, # 25 (high) in Manatee. For more information, interested parties can call (787) 904-8862 or (787) 452-1158.

The Rum Diary is loosely based on the experiences of writer Hunter S. Thompson as a journalist in Puerto Rico at the end of the 50s. Depp will play the character of Paul Kemp, a reporter working with a diverse team at a newspaper in San Juan. Bruce Robinson, director of the film, arrived on the island this week along with his assistant.

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Bruce Robinson to discuss The Rum Diary on BBC 4 Radio!

Hey folks,

Just a quick heads up that Bruce Robinson will be on BBC 4 Radio today at 4.30pm GMT. He will be discussing his return to film-making after 17 years. Hopefully he will be able to shed some light on the apparent changes to The Rum Diary. You will need realplayer to listen in and don’t worry if you miss it – you can listen to the show anytime once it airs. I will blog any juicy info. here for those of you that can’t stream the show.

Thanks to Holly for the heads up, much appreciated!

Yr. Friend,

Ron Mexico (in much pain with a broken toe of all things!)


UPDATE:  Bruce Robinson describes the script as very close to Withnail & I in tone. He mentions that Johnny Depp was instrumental in getting The Rum Diary published and he also believes the script to be very funny.