Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas


Raoul Duke





It is 1971, and journalist Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) barrels towards Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race accompanied by a trunkful of contraband and his slightly unhinged Samoan attorney, Dr. Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro). But what is ostensibly a cut-and-dried journalistic endeavor quickly descends into a feverish psychedelic odyssey and an excoriating dissection of the American way of life. Director Terry Gilliam and an all-star cast show no mercy in bringing Dr. Hunter S. Thompson's legendary Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas to the screen, creating a film both hilarious and savage.

Director: Terry Gilliam

Cast: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Toby Maguire, Ellen Barkin, Gary Busey, Christina Ricci, Mark Harmon, Cameron Diaz, Katherine Helmond, Michael Jeter, Penn Jillette, Craig Bierko, Lyle Lovett, Laraine Newman

Awards & Nominations:

Golden Palm Award: Terry Gilliam (Nominated)


(Compiled by Kaitlyn, Donna and Amy)

Quotes from Johnny Depp:

"I was there every day, every night you know, with him (Hunter Thompson). You know, sometimes with a video camera -- You just try and take as much as you possibly can from their life -- their movement, their tics, their sort of beliefs."
--Johnny Depp

"I just hope he doesn't see the film and hate me. That's my biggest fear, that I'll do something that's close to him, that's proper, that's right, and he'll hate it. It's completely out of my hands, but fuck, he deserves a good film, and I've tried to do that."
--Johnny Depp (on Hunter S. Thompson)
Rolling Stone
June 11, 1998

"I felt a tremendous responsibility doing the film. Because on one hand, I'm a huge fan of the book. And on the other hand, I had sort of developed this semi-relationship with Hunter at the time. We were friendly; we talked and hung out a little bit. But I guess the reason why I felt such an intense responsibility was; number one, I cared for him; but number two, the book is such a great gift to the world. I just felt it really deserved a serious focus. I really wanted to do a great job for him. I wanted him to be proud. Because he's got to live with it the rest of his life."
--Johnny Depp
Australian GQ Magazine
June, 1998

Quotes from others:

"The other thing about Johnny Depp was, you know, every day on the set when he would arrive early in the morning, he looked as beautiful as he ever did. There wasn't one day! It was somewhat annoying. You could shave his head, he could be exhausted, 40th day of shooting, and he's still the most beautiful thing on the planet!"
--Laila Nabulsi, producer
DVD special features commentary

"As far as I'm concerned, Johnny Depp is the best actor of his generation. I think he's capable of ANYTHING - there's no limit to his capabilities."
--Terry Gilliam, director
What's Eating Johnny Depp? by Nigel Goodall

"One of the great things about Johnny is that I don't think he has any ego or vanity when it comes to becoming a character. A lot of actors refuse going all the way in giving up their good looks. Whatever... Not so with Johnny. It took a while to get him to shave his head, but he knew that this was inevitable, and he was going to do it. And it wasn't just that he shaved his head, but he had a little toupee with 17 sad little hairs on it. So it's even SADDER baldness! And he did other things; he had plastic foams behind his ears that stuck them out. He loses himself totally."
--Terry Gilliam, director
What's Eating Johnny Depp? by Nigel Goodall