Enjoy Johnny Depp reading letters from his close friend Hunter S. Thompson
Amid years of strange, unconventional friendship, Johnny Depp and the late Hunter S. Thompson developed a relationship built on trust, love and admiration.
It was back in 1998 when Thompson’s iconic piece of Gonzo journalism, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, was adapted into film by director Terry Gilliam. The high profile project, which went on to be hugely successful at box office, starred Johnny Depp in the lead role. It was from that moment onwards he and Thompson developed a close understanding.
The pair would regularly meet at Thompson’s farm to chew the fat, shoot his guns and talk about literature, life and other musings. It was once said that Depp was the one to encourage Thompson to publish his novella ‘The Rum Diary’.
Thompson was “hypersensitive,” in Depp’s words. “Whatever his intake was, was his intake, but if you were prepared to go that extra mile, he would stop you just to make sure,” he added.
Thompson, who eventually shot himself aged 67, had devised an elaborate funeral to which Depp helped fund – a project which is rumoured to have cost in excess of $3 million.
“All I’m doing is trying to make sure his last wish comes true,” said Depp at the time. “I just want to send my pal out the way he wants to go out.”