Must Watch: Official Trailer for 'The Rum Diary' Starring Johnny Depp

August 25, 2011
Source: Entertainment Tonight

The Rum Diary Trailer

Comes for the Madness, Stay for a Drink! Johnny Depp is finally back for more Hunter S. Thompson wackiness! After delaying this film for quite a while, FilmDistrict has finally launched the first official trailer for The Rum Diary, based off of Hunter S. Thompson's novel, starring Johnny Depp as Paul Kemp, a divorced alcoholic who heads down to San Juan to work as a journalist for the newspaper. This is as wacky as it sounds, but looks awesome, at least like it's going to be insanely fun to watch. The cast includes Amber Heard, Aaron Eckhart, Giovanni Ribisi and Richard Jenkins. "No such thing as 470 proof alcohol!"

Watch the official trailer for Bruce Robinson's The Rum Diary, from (via Movieline):

Based on Hunter S. Thompson's novel, The Rum Diary, directed by Bruce Robinson (Withnail & I), follows Depp as Paul Kemp, a divorced alcoholic and struggling novelist who decides to "kick around" in San Juan until his ship comes in, working as a journalist for a newspaper that's on its last legs, drinking "gallons of rum" and experimenting with LSD. With his new friend Bob Sala by his side, Kemp becomes entangled in a corrupt hotel development scheme with a PR consultant named Sanderson. After quite a delay, FilmDistrict will finally be releasing The Rum Diary in theaters starting October 28th this fall. Planning on seeing it?

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Reader Feedback - 34 Comments


its funny, i was actually trying to see if a trailer was leaked yet, earlier today. lone behold. fanF*CKINtastic! thx Alex!

Anonymous on Aug 26, 2011


Opening shot: Johnny probably looks like that every morning! The very last part is the funniest - "Try and look normal."

Head Twister on Aug 26, 2011



Rey on Aug 26, 2011


@bat0u LOW AND BEHOLD. not lone behold

Jaxlewis85 on Aug 26, 2011


there is no w in "lo and behold." The w is not only silent, it is also invisible.

J_patrick_m on Aug 26, 2011


I think its cool that he sounds just like in "Fear n Loathing in Las Vegas". Either that or thats just how Depp sounds this days...

Dreckent on Aug 26, 2011


Actually I think he sounds a lot like Bob Stencil. Then again I've never seen "Fear n..." so maybe Bob got his inspiration from it.

John IG on Aug 26, 2011


Also Depp has four voices: American, Americana, British and Kooky.

John IG on Aug 26, 2011


He's playing Hunter S Thompson's alter ego again/same voice.

tir na nog on Aug 27, 2011


lol... crediting Bruce Robinson for "Jennifer 8?"

Alex on Aug 26, 2011


It looks great! Cant wait!

Bltzie on Aug 26, 2011


when i first heard about this movie, i didn't see any potential - but, WOW! i'm very impressed. a definite watch.

Anonymous on Aug 26, 2011


I remember when they were filming this in Puerto Rico! 

Chris on Aug 26, 2011


A superb book, and Depp can be relied upon to deliver a great performance. However, a couple of interesting things - the director (Bruce Robinson, responsible for the classic Withnail & I) has not directed a film since 1992. This, combined with the fact that they apparently changed the ending to make it less of a drunken feverdream and more of a heroic fight against a corrupt businessman, does not bode well. 

Lebowski on Aug 26, 2011


Amber Heard is lovely, gorgeous, sexy and beautiful. She's amazing. That woman is incredible.

Merson on Aug 26, 2011


and she's gay =(

Tunptl18 on Aug 26, 2011


not like anyone had a chance anyway...but still, saddens the heart

Tunptl18 on Aug 26, 2011


Hey, gives me a better chance than my husband, and that's all that matters.

Teacherkid on Aug 31, 2011


Brilliant! Depp where he's best suited!

Dom on Aug 26, 2011


Awesome, waited for so long for this. A must must see

Loser on Aug 26, 2011


Looks like a regular weekend in Oban.

Crapola on Aug 26, 2011


Fear and Rum Diaries in Puerto Rico. 

Ashsjohnson78 on Aug 26, 2011


I was sold on, "Try and look normal".

Dirty Dutchman on Aug 26, 2011


I want to love it, but I'm not sure. I'll continue holding onto Fear and Loathing for now till proven otherwise. About time we got this trailer though.

Johnny Neat on Aug 26, 2011


funny,try and look normal

tir na nog on Aug 26, 2011


I loved fear and Loathing... right up until I saw a documentary on Hunter S. Thompson. Now I just feel so sorry for his family, kinda sucks all the fun out of it

Richie G on Aug 26, 2011


"try to look normal" that's some funny stuff

andrew on Aug 26, 2011


The reference for Robinson should be "Withnail & I", not "Jennifer 8".

Khrodos on Aug 26, 2011


FUCK YES. Bruce Robinson, one of my favourite directors, adapting Hunter Thompson, one of my favourite writers, starring Johnny Depp, one of my favourite actors. My head might explode from awesomeness.

Gill on Aug 26, 2011


Have you seen Hunters letter to the movie executives about the making of this movie pretty classic?

John Kinnick on Aug 27, 2011



Robotprophet on Aug 29, 2011


As your attorney I advise you to go see this.

Imthinking.Tyler on Aug 30, 2011


I am actually not that happy about this. It looks too much like a film about the good life in the caribbean, and leans too much on the Fear and Loathing film. The Rum Diary was written in and about a completly different fase in his life and reads far more grim, desperate and depressed than this trailer shows. I will, of course, watch it anyway:)

Anonymous on Aug 30, 2011


Backstory Of Johnny/Hunter - Rum Diary If you want a great insight into Johnny and Hunter's relationship and the making of the RUM DIARY - go to - wonderful pieces by Wayne Ewing. Tell your friends too!

Jesanah on Oct 22, 2011

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