Check out two new clips from Johnny Depp’s new movie The Rum Diary! The film is based on a novel of the same name by Hunter S. Thompson, which fictionalized the late writer’s early days as a journalist living in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and drinking copious amounts of rum while working for an English-language newspaper. Thompson wrote the novel in the early 1960s but it was not published until 1998.
Bruce Robinson (How to Get Ahead in Advertising, Jennifer Eight) directs the action, which co-stars Amber Heard, Aaron Eckhart, Giovanni Ribisi, Richard Jenkins, Amaury Nolasco, Karen Austin, Marshall Bell, Michael Rispoli, Andy Umberger, Bill Smitrovich, Karina Villegas, Julian Holloway, Karimah Westbrook, Aaron Lustig, Jimmy Ortega, Gavin Houston, Bruno Irizarry, Julio Ramos Velez.
Aaron Eckhart and Johnny Depp in The Rum Diary
Before watching the clips, check out the movie’s official synopsis below.
Based on the debut novel by Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary tells the increasingly unhinged story of itinerant journalist Paul Kemp (Depp). Tiring of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, Kemp travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local newspaper, The San Juan Star, run by downtrodden editor Lotterman (Richard Jenkins). Adopting the rum-soaked life of the island, Paul soon becomes obsessed with Chenault (Amber Heard), the wildly attractive Connecticut-born fiancée of Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart). Sanderson, a businessman involved in shady property development deals, is one of a growing number of American entrepreneurs who are determined to convert Puerto Rico into a capitalist paradise in service of the wealthy. When Kemp is recruited by Sanderson to write favorably about his latest unsavory scheme, the journalist is presented with a choice: to use his words for the corrupt businessmen’s financial benefit, or use them to take the bastards down.
The Rum Diary will arrive in US screens on October 28th, 2011.
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