EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: 'The Rum Diary' Cast and Crew Interviews

Monday, 24 October 2011 20:51
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Opening in theaters on October 28th is the new Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) film The Rum Diary, based on the novel by author Hunter S. Thompson. The film marks the second time that Depp has played the main character in an adaptation of one of Thompson's books, following his work in '1998s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Depp and Thompson went on to become very close friends and the movie star was credited with finding the forty-year old unpublished manuscript for "The Rum Diary" hidden in the author's house. After the book was published, the two friends teamed up to turn it into a movie but were unable to do so before Thompson's untimely death in 2005.

Eventually, Depp enlisted Withnail and I director Bruce Robinson to write and direct the movie, even though he had not helmed a film in almost twenty years. In addition to Johnny Depp, the film boasts an impressive cast of actors including Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight), Amber Heard (Drive Angry), Giovanni Ribisi (Avatar), Michael Rispoli (Kick-Ass), Marshall Bell (Puncture), Amaury Nolasco (Transformers), and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor). 

IAR's managing editor Jami Philbrick recently had the chance to sit down with actors Giovanni Ribisi, and Michael Rispoli, as well as director Bruce Robinson to discuss their work on The Rum Diary. The two actors, and the director spoke candidly about the new film, working with Johnny Depp, how he got Robinson to come out of self exile to make the movie, Ribisi's unusual performance, and Rispoli's love for playing the "sidekick."

To watch our exclusive interview with Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Rispoli, and director Bruce Robinson about The Rum Diary, please click on the video player above. 


Paul Kemp (Depp) is an itinerant journalist who grows tired of New York and America under the Eisenhower administration and travels to Puerto Rico to write for The San Juan Star. Kemp begins the habit of drinking rum and becomes obsessed with a woman named Chenault (Heard). 

The Rum Diary is open for happy hour beginning on October 28th!

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