It can’t be easy watching a movie about your life. Some people get extremely agitated when pivotal parts of their favorite book aren’t in the film adaptation, so imagine what’d be like for those people seeing an unfaithful or highly dramatized version of their own life shown on the big screen. The movie, especially if it’s popular, is going to be associated with their image forever. Not all audience members leave a theater saying, “I bet that one scene was dramatized for storytelling purposes,” so, if the portrait of its subject is unflattering or inaccurate, that can’t feel great for the subject.
Many folks featured in bio movies have felt left the theater not feeling so hot on how they’ve been depicted, while others have been pleased with the results. Learn about a few biopic reactions from the subjects after the jump.
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In 2009, after spending several years in development hell, a film based upon the early Hunter S. Thomson novel The Rum Diary (a book not published until the late ’90s) went before cameras with Bruce Robinson (Withnail & I, How to Get Ahead in Advertising) directing from his own script, and Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, Aaron Eckhart and Richard Jenkins starring.
The movie took months to film, and then many more months to secure distribution. It was only in February of this year that FilmDistrict stepped in to release the movie. The trailer — a lively, sometimes frantic, and fairly entertaining collection of footage — dropped not long ago. Now check out a poster for the film in which Johnny Depp essentially reprises his role as Thompson. Read More »
We’ve been waiting quite some time to see anything besides still photos from The Rum Diary, in which Johnny Depp stars as Paul Kemp, essentially a stand-in for Hunter S. Thompson as seen in Thompson’s early novel The Rum Diary. The film went into development quite some time ago and shot in 2009. It won’t hit the festival circuit this fall, but it will hit some theaters in October and you can see a trailer below.
In addition to Depp, Richard Jenkins features as Kemp’s editor, with whom he has a contentious relationship, and Amber Heard plays Chenault, the partner (more or less) of Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart), both of whom he meets while spending some time in the Caribbean. The great Bruce Robinson (Withnail & I, How to Get Ahead in Advertising) wrote and directed.
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In 2004, Vanity Fair published an article co-authored by Hunter S. Thompson and Mark Seal called Prisoner of Denver. The subject, in a broad sense, was Colorado’s legal system and the potential for injustice within it. Specifically, the article looked at the case of Lisl Auman, who was charged with murder and sentenced to life, despite the fact that the crime for which she was convicted took place while she was already in police custody.
Now the article is being adapted for the screen by the Motion Picture Corporation of America. Read More »
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Bruce Robinson‘s big screen adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson‘s novel The Rum Diary starring Johnny Depp test screened last night in Huntington Beach, California, and a few reviews have appeared online. I have compiled a bunch of early thoughts from around the web, message boards, twitter and other websites. Check them out now, after the jump.
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I just found out that two new worth-mentioning films have been added to Hulu: Zack Snyder‘s feature directorial debut, the 2004 remake of George Romero‘s Dawn of the Dead, and Terry Gilliam‘s adaptation of the Hunter S Thompson novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Both are presented online for free (ad supported) for US readers embedded after the jump.
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