Wow, seems like it’s been ages ago since I posted the Rum Diary on-set photos … yep, that was back in Summer 2009! I actually put this movie in my list of most-anticipated-movies of 2010, I had no idea it would take over two years for it to finally get a distributor!
Well, we finally get a trailer now, check it out:
The story is based on a novel by Hunter S. Thompson (a personal friend of Depp’s) with the same name, the 48-year-old actor plays an American journalist named Paul Kemp, which is loosely based on the author’s own life journey. Per Deadline, here’s the official plot of the movie:
“The Rum Diary” tells the increasingly unhinged story of itinerant journalist Paul Kemp (Depp). Tired 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 San Juan newspaper run by the downtrodden editor Lotterman (Richard Jenkins). Adopting the rum-soaked lifestyle of the late ‘50s version of Hemingway’s “The Lost Generation,” Paul soon becomes entangled with a very attractive American woman, Chenault (Amber Heard) and her fiancée Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart), a businessman involved in shady property development deals. It is within this world that Kemp ultimately discovers his true voice as a writer and integrity as a man.
This is the second Thompson’s book-to-film adaptation for Depp. The first one was Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas in 1998, where he also played a journalist desperately seeking for the ‘American dream’ with the help of drugs and alcohol hidden in their convertible. Looks like this is a fitting vehicle for Depp who’s known to gravitate towards ‘lost soul’ kind of characters. Can you believe this guy is just TWO YEARS shy of 50?! He doesn’t look a day over 35 if you ask me. I mean, Amber Heard is only 25 years old and they look like they could have gone to college together! I’m not too crazy about her, but doesn’t seem like she gets to do much more than what she did in The Joneses, that is just be sexy and seductive.
Anyway, the whimsical trailer is a hoot… that scene of Depp driving that tiny car looks like a fun scene. It’s fun seeing Depp goofing around and flirting up a storm, the eternally-youthful actor actually looks like himself here, no silly haircut or crazy makeup… and I kind of prefer him in comedic roles. It also seems like everyone, including the normally-serious Jenkins, is having loads of fun in this movie… well naturally with all that rum, ahah. I didn’t see Eckhart until a bit later in the trailer, so I don’t know how much screen time he’ll have. I hope he’ll get a decent amount as I quite like him as an actor.
It’s scheduled to open on October 28 in the US, not sure how wide of an appeal this movie will have even with Depp in it though.
What say you, folks? Are you interested in seeing this one?