The words of Hunter S. Thompson, read by Johnny Depp

The release of The Rum Diary, which opens today, has turned into the first real opportunity to celebrate the life and work of Hunter S. Thompson since he died in 2005. Johnny Depp, who forged a bond with his fellow Kentuckian when he first tackled the gonzo writer’s world during the making of 1998’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, used his current film’s promotional tour as a barnstorming tribute to Thompson, Rolling Stone‘s Jann Wenner wrote a fond remembrance to his most famous writer, and ESPN’s John Walsh talked about his old friend’s quirks on The BS Report Podcast.

But as always, the best celebration of Thompson are his own words. And if you don’t have his books in front of you, or he never wrote you a personal letter, at least you can listen to Johnny Depp read some of his own personal correspondences with the good doctor. In the clip below, Depp reads a 1996 letter from Thompson inviting him to a ceremony in Louisville where the mayor intends to present the author with the key to the city. “Can you get a Gulfstream 5 to get us to Louisville en masse?” asks the good doctor. 

Depp’s reading certainly enhances the entertainment value, but the real delight is the potent knots of words themselves. Thompson wrote the way he spoke, and there’s never been another person who could better deliver lines like, “We will need to drive a few public 20-inch nails into the right people at the right time in the right place.”

Thompson was man who would go to great lengths for his own personal sense of justice… even threatening some poor bastard with the journalism business. Enjoy.

Yes, there’s Part 2 and 3 if you need another dose of Hunter/Depp. Buy the ticket, take the ride.

Read more:
EW Review: ‘The Rum Diary’
‘The Rum Diary’ trailer

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  • Rabbi Finkleschtein

    Oy! I’m sick to death of Johnny Dope’s infatuation with Hunter Sh*t Thompson. I bet he’d go all necrofilial on Thompson’s dead body if they dug him up. Keep your necro man-crush to yourself Johnny Dipped! Oy!

    • alex

      to be honest, i think your a little jealous of there great friendship, and deep down wish you had a bond like they did, those two people have great spirits about themselves, they are as real as it gets, all around good souls

      • Mike K

        Like you know them personally. Dumb cu nt.

      • amy

        Alex and Mike K- Let me guess, neither of you has wife or girlfriend? Lol

      • amy

        My mistake, That was directed at Rabbi and Mike!

    • Dennis OMalley

      Hunter was cremated and his ashes went airborne and ended up all over Johnny Depp and the others who were there

    • 5678

      Most Hilarous comment I have read today. Johnny Depp needs to moce on and stop doing projects with the same people over and over. It is all starting to blur into 1 movie if you get what i mean.

    • lol

      Hilarous Rabbi. roflmao.

  • Tranzchick

    Hunter S. Thompson was a one of a kind character. His writing, so twisted, would take me for a ride everytime I jumped aboard the Gonzo Express. I miss him.

    • Anonymous

      I’ll take u for a ride tranny

      • Tranzchick

        Not for less than a dollar.

  • alex

    “THOMPSON FOR SHERIFF” will live on forever, maybe Depp should run for an office position, how about, “DEPP FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY”

    • alex

      Or maybe depp for coroner! So he could raep dead fellas!

  • lol

    Johnny depp needs to play the guy who wrote hairspray.

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