The Rum Diary

2011

Paul Kemp

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General Information

American journalist Paul Kemp takes on a freelance job in Puerto Rico for a local newspaper during the 1950s and struggles to find a balance between island culture and the ex-patriots who live there. (Source: IMDB.com)

Director: Bruce Robinson

Cast: Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, Aaron Eckhart, Richard Jenkins

Awards & Nominations:

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ABOUT THIS MOVIE

Quotes from Johnny Depp:

"I remember when I unearthed the manuscript out of a box in [Hunter's] basement. He didn't know where it was and I pulled it out and was like, 'Jesus Christ'. We read it together at three in the morning and it was, 'We should do this together', but Hunter didn't exactly fill his end of the deal. I guess he had other things to do.
"Each day on set we had this ritual [to honour Thompson's memory]. Hunter would have his own chair and he had a script with his name on it, the whole thing, and we would put a pack of Dunhills on a little table by the side, a bottle of Chivas, his favourite drink, and a tumbler full of ice.
"And each morning we'd dunk our fingers in the tumbler and dab a little Chivas on our necks, like a sort of Hunter cologne, take a sip and then off to work we went. We did that every morning, so Hunter was always there. It was good."
-Johnny Depp
Radio Times via NME.com
May 3, 2011

"I spent very little time in San Juan, Puerto Rico prior to this film. There's a real celebration of life there. The people are incredibly warm and very welcoming."
--Johnny Depp
Entertainment Tonight
October 13, 2011

"When I first saw Amber, it was like seeing an old-time movie star. It was like I was seeing Lauren Bacall."
--Johnny Depp
USA Today
October 26, 2011

"The whole thing is really a love letter to Hunter... Even though my partner is not right next to me, we're going to still produce this film together, and ultimately we did. Even if his presence, if he wasn't visible, we still produced the film together."
--Johnny Depp
MTV.com
October 28, 2011

"Itís been a long road, you know. This whole thing commenced around 1997 with me and Hunter, and here we are in 2011 and it's actually happening."
--Johnny Depp
walesonline.co.uk
November 8, 2011

"There's more responsibility, but there's also more comfort in playing someone you know. The challenge was trying to find the version of Hunter before he found the avenue for the rage. It was like playing the same character (Raoul Duke, Fear and Lothing inLos Vegas), only 15 years before. This guy's got something; there's an energy burning underneath, it's just ready to shoot out."
--Johnny Depp
walesonline.co.uk
November 8, 2011

"There's an amazing sense of accomplishment now the film has been made because I feel like I've done what Hunter would have wanted, and I think he would have been very happy. The Rum Diary is all based on truth, and what I loved about Hunter was his honesty and his ability to observe. He then put it all onto the page. None of it was made up and he lived it all."
--Johnny Depp
The Mirror
November 11, 2011

Quotes from others:

[Johnny] has a personal connection with Hunter S. Thompson and carried that with him when we filmed. It felt like I was working with someone who really had a special understanding of the material.
--Amber Heard
Metro.co.uk
February 23, 2011

"I think Hunter S. Thompson's such an amazing artist and writer, and we had a lot to work with. But Bruce Robinson took that and turned it into something that only Bruce Robinson could create -- in his mad brilliance. And I think Johnny Depp is the only person alive that could handle the subject matter, and do it with the elegance, grace and intimacy that he brings to it, having known Hunter."
--Amber Heard
Rotten Tomatoes
February 25, 2011

"It was such an amazing experience - Johnny's a dream to work with, and the director and the writer and the original book, they're all so wonderful and being in the presence of such artists is rare even in this business and it was an honour."
--Amber Heard
Press Association
February 25, 2011

"Everybody on the crew had done at least six movies with Johnny. I got to the set in Puerto Rico, on the first day, and Johnny was hugging the crew and talking about their kids. I thought, 'Wow, he's really friendly.' I'm always looking at other people and wondering, 'How does Johnny do it?'... And then, I learned that Johnny just brings his family around. His crew is his family... They love Johnny, and I learned to love Johnny. He was very good to me. We had a good time. We laughed a lot. He's got a quirky sensibility about him. He chooses quirky material. He's very passionate about Hunter S. Thompson. He was just a great guy."
--Aaron Eckhart
Collider.com
March 11, 2011

"From the moment I clapped eyes on [Amber Heard], I knew she was the girl. I wanted someone who could stand out on the screen the way Catherine Deneuve did 30 years ago. And Amber is just that."
--Bruce Robinson
USA Today
October 26, 2011

"There is not a more beautiful machine (1958 Chevy Corvette) out there. And sitting next to Johnny Depp in it, driving up and down the coastline of Puerto Rico, not a bad moment. One of the best filming days of my life."
--Amber Heard
SheKnows.com
October 27, 2011

"I think that Johnny has taken up the mantle and has preserved his legacy and is now offering all those people out there who have never heard of Hunter, an opportunity to be familiar with his work. Hunter was always there. He always had his chair, his empty chair on set with us, and Johnny and [director] Bruce [Robinson] had a ritual that they did every day ... but his spirit was always there."
--Aaron Eckhart
MTV.com
October 28, 2011

"Johnny probably knew Hunter better than anyone else alive."
--Bruce Robinson
walesonline.co.uk
November 8, 2011

"Depp really knows how to put together a first-rate team. I can watch [The Rum Diary] over and over again."
--Anita Thompson (Hunter's widow)
ASPEN PEAK magazine

"I can't thank Johnny enough for all he's done for our family. The guy has just been so amazingly kind."
--Juan Thompson (Hunter's son)
ASPEN PEAK magazine