The American actor Johnny Depp will play the lead in the movie Rum Diary, based on the experiences of the author of the book by the same name, Hunter Thompson, who lived here in Puerto Rico during the 1950s, and where the movie will be filmed this year.
This was confirmed today by the General Secretary for Economic and Commercial Development and President of the board of directors for the Puerto Rican Film Corporation, Jose R Perez-Riera.
Perez-Riera indicated that the producers of Rum Diary “remain convinced that Puerto Rico offers not only location, infrastructure, and well-qualified audiovisual personnel, but also that they can count on the continued support of the government in helping this industry.”
Hunter Thompson (1937-2005) was the creator of a type of journalism referred to as “gonzo” that sought to remove the dividing line between objective and subjective reporting as is best reflected by the characters played by Johnny Depp and the Puerto Rican Benicio del Toro in the movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in 1998, based on a book by the same name (1973).
Rum Diary will be produced by Graham King, producer of The Departed, Blood Diamond, The Aviator, Gangs of New York among others, and Christi Dembrowski and Johnny Depp.
Bruce Robinson, winner of an Oscar for his script for The Killing Fields, has adapted the book and will be directing.
Johnny Depp acquired rights to the book Dante on December 23, 2008
Photos circulated on November 18, 2008 of Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter
Here is the original Spanish:
El actor estadounidense Johnny Depp protagonizará la película The Rum Diary, basada en las experiencias del autor del libro homónimo, Hunter S. Thompson, mientras vivió en la década de 1950 en Puerto Rico, donde se rodará el filme este año. El secretario designado de Desarrollo Económico y Comercio y presidente de la junta de directores de la Corporación de Cine de Puerto Rico, José R. Pérez-Riera, lo confirmó hoy en un comunicado.
Pérez Riera indicó que los productores de The Rum Diary "quedaron convencidos que Puerto Rico ofrece no sólo las localidades, infraestructura y el personal técnico audiovisual calificado, sino que cuenta con el continuo compromiso gubernamental de apoyo a esta industria".
Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005) fue el creador de un tipo de periodismo denominado "gonzo" que busca eliminar la división entre objetividad y subjetividad y que se refleja en la película protagonizada por Deep y el boricua Benicio del Toro Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas de 1998, basada en el libro homónimo de 1973.
The Rum Diary será producida por Graham King, productor de The Departed, Blood Diamond, The Aviator y Gangs of New York, entre otras, además de por Christi Dembrowski y Johnny Depp,
La dirección de la película y adaptación del libro The Rum Diary estarán a cargo de Bruce Robinson, ganador del Oscar de mejor guión por The Killing Fields.
The word in Spanish is "homonimo" which means "of the same name". The sentence says "based on the experiences of the author of the book by the same name" Sorry for the error!! Got it right further down.
Re: the age difference between Johnny and the Kemp character - In Public Enemies, Johnny will be playing a character who is in his late 20's - early 30's. Just going by the pictures we've seen, I think he pulls it off pretty well, and I'm convinced he won't have any problem with playing the young Kemp. Actually, when I look at pictures of Dillinger, he seems much older to me. Since Kemp is a hard-drinking, hard-living character, he would probably look older anyway. jmho
The thing about Dillinger, to me, anyway, is that if someone had asked me a couple of years ago how old Dillinger was when he died, I wouldn't have had a clue. His age doesn't seem to be crucial to his escapades, so even if he's supposed to be in his early 30's, it doesn't matter to me if he looks a few years older because I can just accept the idea of Dillinger being in his 40's, even if he really weren't in real life. Does that make sense?
However, if the age is crucial to the character and the storyline, then the age difference between Johnny and the character may be more important. I haven't read The Rum Diary, so it's hard for me to get a feel for whether it's important for him to be a man in his early 30's, having a crisis about becoming a "real man" or whatever. Or could the story work equally well if the character were a little older. So, I don't know the answer to that- just throwing out my thoughts, if they make any sense at all ;D
I have recently read Rum Diary, and it only mentions his age once, near the end of the story. (As I recall--take that for what it's worth--I misread all the time) Nothing about Paul Kemp screams a particular age to me. It's practically a moot point. IMHO
I would agree with Amp. In fact, Kemp's concern about losing his edge, being older etc. seems frankly silly when you realize the guy is in his early 30s, although I do recall being terribly angst'd many years ago when I hit 24 (horrors!!). The ruminations of the man, the feel of the story can easily fit a man in his early 40s -- actually makes more sense in a way. Now, the fact that they are looking for a 25 year old to play Chennault suggests either they are going the 'dirty ole man' route or they plan to leave Johnny somewhere around mid 30s.
I always find it somewhat depressing that most men --even it seems producers, directors and a certain actor who I greatly admire --can't seem to visualize a ripe woman who isn't south of 30 age wise. Shows a sad lack of imagination and understanding of the psyche of the older woman (ahem she says --- don't get me started!)
Post by mistressquickly on Jan 30, 2009 19:09:34 GMT -5
I guess I'm used to actors, particularly stars, playing much younger than their age. I think Johnny can be believable onscreen as mid-30's and that works for Kemp who is facing an early midlife crisis. Chenault needs to be very young -- I think she's not more than 22 in the book -- because that's important to her character. She's still at the stage where she never thinks about how what she does will affect her life -- she's pure instinct and hedonism, living for today. Kemp is at the stage where he does nothing but think about how what he does will affect his life. Part of him yearns to be young and free and part of him wants to go on to something else, though he's afraid he'll fail.
The first time I read the book I didn't think it was all that great until I got to the end and everything it was about really hit me. I had to back and read it over again right away.
In any case, it looks like there are going to be big changes in the story if the casting notice is any indication. Is Yeoman no longer in the story? He was a very important character. And Sanderson was not very important but now he is. I'd be disappointed if they cut Yeoman -- a younger man is an important counterpoint to Kemp.