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Miami film fans know and love the work of Johnny Depp who spent his youth in Miramar, a working-class South Florida community where he played for a time in a local band. Much like small town girl Amber Heard, who fled her home in Texas to make her fortune modeling in New York & Miami before moving on to Los Angeles, Depp's rise to Hollywood icon makes him something of a local legend. Depp's fascination with the life and work of Hunter S. Thompson led him to sign on to star in The Rum Diary as far back as 2000 though the film did not release for eleven more years. In the interim, Depp starred in another Thompson-inspired film, 1998s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (alongside Benicio del Toro). Thompson died before the film began production, so Depp took a personal interest in making The Rum Diary as a tribute to his departed friend.

While Depp was always destined to play Paul Kemp, it seems Amber Heard had to beat young starlets Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley for the lead role by the time the film started production in Puerto Rico in 2009. Cast as an iconic blonde bombshell, she is surrounded by a randy bunch of drunken misfits who barely keep Depp's character out of jail during his brief stint at "The San Juan Star." Giovanni Ribisi portrays the drinking and drugging mad dog Moberg who drifts in and out of the rundown apartment Depp shares with Michael Rispoli as Sala.

Throughout filming of The Rum Diary, it is obvious the cast enjoyed playing the roles of sodden desperados just steps away from getting fired, getting arrested and getting sent back to the States. Only the very tidy Aaron Eckhart maintains a crisp, clear-headed focus on his shady real estate transactions from the safe remove of his bright white beach house. Johnny Depp returned to Puerto Rico to film parts of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Aaron Eckhart planned to shoot caper film The Geography of Hope on the island.

Johnny Depp The Rum Diary
Directors: Bruce Robinson
Producers: Johnny Depp
Graham King
Christi Dembrowski
Anthony Rhulen
Robert Kravis
Screenplay: Bruce Robinson
Starring Johnny Depp
Aaron Eckhart
Michael Rispoli
Amber Heard
Richard Jenkins
Giovanni Ribisi
Music: Christopher Young
Cinematography: Dariusz Wolski
Editing: Carol Littleton
Studio: GK Films
Infinitum Nihil
Film Engine
Distributor: FilmDistrict
Release date:
October 28, 2011
Running time: 120 minutes
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