First Look: Johnny Depp as Paul Kemp in The Rum Diary

March 27, 2009
Source: PopSugar

Hunter S. Thompson's The Rum Diary

By now, everyone knows about The Rum Diary, the next film that Johnny Depp is currently shooting in Puerto Rico. PopSugar debuted the photo, which they say comes from the set in Miami, not Puerto Rico (that one above is not Depp, but Thompson). This is pretty much your standard shot of Depp, except that he kind of looks like Tom Cruise this time, sitting in a vintage convertible. The Rum Diary sounds like a great project, another adaptation of a Hunter S. Thompson story, this time about freelance journalist who starts writing for a newspaper in the Caribbean. While this photo isn't much, it's at least pretty cool to see.

Johnny Depp as Paul Kemp in The Rum Diary

Based on Hunter S. Thompson's novel of the same name, The Rum Diary 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 slick PR consultant named Sanderson. Amber Heard, Aaron Eckhart, Richard Jenkins, and Michael Rispoli also star in this. Stay tuned for more updates on The Rum Diary.

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I read the book like a week ago. I don't know how the story will translate to film though, because it just felt so thin. It plays out more like a memoir. It wasn't as plot heavy as I thought it would be and as the multiple synopsizes I read implied. Although I do really Johnny Depp and I think he'll bring his own unique brand of charm and charisma to the role.

David Wilson on Mar 27, 2009


Novelist again? I hope it's not another Secret Window.

AbercrombieAndBitch on Mar 27, 2009


wonder if he'll be like the modern Jack Sparrow, i mean come on, the rum, the carribean . . .

Scott McHenry on Mar 27, 2009


Are you people high? Because he plays a novelist the movie must be like Secret Window. Because there's rum mentioned in the title and it's set in the Caribbean he must be Jack Sparrow? Have you even read the book or at least found out what the story is? I suppose you'd say Ed Wood was like Edward Scissorhands because they both had the same name.

Laura on Mar 28, 2009


Am I the only one who thinks that he has aged all of a sudden? He stills looks amazing but it's like he is a different person. Nonetheless I think this movie will be great and if people except it to be another POTC or Secret Window then they will be disappointed. And Laura I get what you are saying, I once had an argument with someone who thought that Edward Scissorhands and Sweeny Todd are the same character.

Panadora on Mar 28, 2009


#3 What the hell are you talking about? Rum, Carribbean, so this must be some kind of Jack Sparrow? Give me a break. Don't even think about that, because it simply has noting to do with it...

Jack on Mar 28, 2009


Owh yeah, forgot: This film wil be great! I'm looking forward to it. Depp, Heard, Eckhart, Hunter S. Thompson? I mean, come on.. This wil be fantastic!

Jack on Mar 28, 2009


That looks like Eckhart in the driver's seat next to Depp.

Jedi on Mar 28, 2009


Note to self: gotta stop sending Alex tips

Matt on Mar 28, 2009


obviously i dont think #6 and #4 appreciate sarcasm found in #3

kLuk on Mar 28, 2009


Who the hell cares about how he looks. I just care for the fact that johnny deep is a good actor, and how he portrays characters on film. What do you expect from him in the looks department? to get younger? come on everyone grows old.

lc on Mar 28, 2009


thank you #9

Scott McHenry on Mar 28, 2009


I sort of agree with Panadora. He does look like a different person all of sudden, sort of. It is definitely easy to spot, in any case. I think I started noticing during the publicity for Sweeney Todd. His eyes were different. Still amazing on the whole, but different. Anyway, that picture is kind of creeping me out because he looks almost exactly like my uncle. And I NEVER saw that before. Besides, I actually don't really want to see this movie. I hated Fear and Loathing with a passion (couldn't even watch all of it) and I'm not keen for another Hunter S. Thompson.

Skeptic on Mar 28, 2009


IC we were just making a comment about how he looks because Depp looked 30 for a very long time and now he is actually looking his age. But that doesn't take away from his acting at all or his movies, on the contrary it could be just the opposite. Saying all of that I think he looks as handsome as ever but in a completely different way.

Panadora on Mar 28, 2009


This was taken in Puerto Rico's El Yunque National Forest, not Miami.

cc on Mar 28, 2009


I read the novel years ago when the film was first being talked about be adapted(back when they said Benicio Del Toro would direct). The really left an impression on me and inspired me in other aspects. Think of this movie like a trip with an old friend with no money, it will be an experience.

MK-Ultra on Mar 28, 2009


I completely agree, again, with Panadora. I think looking a bit older (closer to his actual age) could open up a whole bunch of new possibilities. And I'm quite excited about them. It also looks like he might have gained a bit of weight for this role or in general. That might affect things. I don't know. But, in a completely shallow moment, do you all think he'll be re-enacting the black and white photo of Thompson at the top of the post in the movie. Because that might change my whole mind about seeing the movie.

Skeptic on Mar 28, 2009


Doesn't lok like Depp. haha. I bet it will be a cool film.

Ryderup on Mar 28, 2009


Well, seeing as how Gilliam isn't directing, I'll be excited. It'll be nice to see a Thompson adaptation not completely butchered like "Fear and Loathing".

Tyler on Mar 29, 2009


I live in Puerto Rico and Johnny Depp is in my island bringing with him lots of opportunities for this beautiful island.

shirley on Mar 29, 2009


#6, why yes I am high! thanks for noticing! this grand daddy purple is the SHIEEEET

Roberto Dinamite on Mar 29, 2009


just kidding, drugs are baaad mmkkkk

Roberto Dinamite on Mar 29, 2009


One more failure to put under your belt.

smacky on Mar 30, 2009


So Jack Sparrow retired from pirating and became a novelist who experiments with LSD? Because it's rum diary.

Greedo the Rodian on Mar 30, 2009

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