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Benecio Del Toro Tested By Thompson Before Fear And Loathing Shoot


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Actor Benicio Del Toro felt "uncomfortable" prior to shooting Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas after author Hunter S. Thompson told him he wasn't "good enough" for the movie.

The Che star teamed up with Johnny Depp for the 1998 cult favourite, based on the writer's 1971 book of the same name.

Del Toro was put through his paces by Thompson before the shoot, and later found out he was being tested over his suitability for the role.

He tells Britain's Shortlist magazine, "I remember my first meeting with him and Johnny Depp before we started shooting Fear And Loathing... It was really uncomfortable. Hunter started... testing me.

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Johnny Depp Says It's Wrong To Calm Cocks


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Johnny Depp thinks it was "stupid" to "hold back" the cocks in scenes for his new movie.

The actor stars in 'The Rum Diary' - which is based on the best-selling book by the late journalist and writer Hunter S. Thompson - and cockfighting features in the film but to shoot the scenes they had to follow the American Humane Association rules which meant the fights were less barbaric.

He told Vanity Fair magazine: "They harnessed the cocks with pieces of invisible monofilament (to stop them going for the kill). We did hold them back. We did. I think it was stupid."

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Johnny Depp Returns To Hunter S. Thompson In The Rum Diary


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Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp is to star in gonzo journalist HUNTER S. THOMPSON's upcoming movie The Rum Diary.

The movie follows the exploits of journalist Paul Kemp (DEPP) a New York native who moves to Puerto Rico in the 1950s to work for a San Juan newspaper. His editor immediately informs him that he regrets hiring him but he finds himself on an island full of sun, sea and unusually high proof rum. It is the second time the OSCAR-nominated actor has played a character based on HUNTER S .THOMPSON after starring in Terry Gilliam's 1998 adaptation of Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas a psychedelic trip through the Las Vegas night life.

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Depp: 'I'm Lucky As Many Of My Movies Were Flops'


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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 explain it, but by some miracle I have always been able to choose my characters for movies. Being able to get jobs throughout the 90s when, in the language of Hollywood, I was box-office poison should have been hard, yet I was able to do everything single film I wanted to do.
"To me, whether I'm playing Ed Wood or Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, all these movies have commercial potential.
"Pirates could have easily flopped. It's always a crap shoot."

Depp Was Ray For Thompson Book Tour


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Johnny Depp adopted the name RAY when tragic journalist Hunter S Thompson asked the movie star to act as his road manager and minder on one of his final book tours.
The actor, who portrayed Thompson's RAOUL DUKE in Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas and will play the writer himself in THE RUM DIARY, became a confidante to the legendary journalist in his final years and once turned his back on Hollywood to follow his hero and friend across America.
Depp recalls, "He'd introduce me to people as Ray and they would be like, 'It's Johnny Depp!' And he would say, 'No, his name is Ray.'"
During the book tour, the movie star got a glimpse of the agony Thompson was in due to a back injury. The pain eventually prompted the writer to take his own life in 2005.
Depp adds, "He was just a mess, really in such physical pain. You could see how hard it was for him to cope with that."

Depp Guided By Brando And Thompson


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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 got to do what you believe in."

Gilliam Renounces American Citizenship


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MONTY PYTHON star Terry Gilliam has relinquished his US citizenship, because he wants to die a true Brit. The US-born film-maker emigrated to the UK in 1967 and has held dual citizenship for thirty-eight years. But now the Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas director, who has thrown away his American passport, wants to die a complete Briton in honour of the country he loves. And, as a result, Gilliam will only be able to visit the United States for a month out of every year - but Gilliam, who is married and has three children with British make-up artist MAGGIE WESTON, is unconcerned. The 65-year-old says, "I've renounced my American citizenship because I've decided I want to die fully British. "You start planning for things like that when you get to my age. I'm a pensioner now so I get free rides on the buses and GBP200 in the winter for fuel. It's fantastic. This is a brilliant country and I love it."

Thompson's Wife Plans Death Anniversary Photo Release


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Cult writer Hunter S Thompson's widow ANITA is to mark the first anniversary of her husband's suicide by releasing a candid photo she took of him on the internet.

Anita Thompson plans to host a small bonfire for family and friends at her ranch in Aspen, Colorado, next Monday (20FEB06) - after giving fans the chance to see the Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas author at his happiest.

Downloads of the black-and-white photo she took of her late husband at Los Angeles hotel the Chateau Marmont, will be available after midnight on 20 February (06), from www.gonzostore.com.

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Depp To Reprise Role As Hunter S Thompson


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Johnny Depp is set to reprise his acclaimed role as journalist HUNTER S THOMPSON in the sequel to his 1998 hit Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas.

The follow-up, called THE RUM DIARY, is based on Thompson's very first novel, which journals his career and personal escapades in 1950s Puerto Rico.

Depp is also acting as executive producer for the film.

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Hunter S Thompson's Drunken Evening


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Eccentric journalist/author Hunter S Thompson lived up to his hellraising reputation at a book signing in Los Angeles this week (begs18OCT04).

The Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas writer was at West Hollywood store BOOK SOUP signing copies of his new book HEY RUBE, which is based on his sports column for ESPN.COM - and became a little overwhelmed by the occasion.

According to PAGESIX.COM, Thompson vomited outside the store and then proceeded to greet fans from the floor of Book Soup, signing copies of Hey Rube while pal BENICIO DEL TORO - who starred in the film version of Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas - held his head up.

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