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Rare Footage of Hunter S. Thompson Filming His Cameo with Johnny Depp in ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’

Hunter Thompson Johnny Depp
Hunter Thompson Johnny Depp

My bookshelf is lined with Hunter S. Thompson books. I spend an inordinate amount of time daydreaming about what his incisive wit and acerbic writing would inflict upon today’s political climate. Nobody cut to the truth better or more deeply than Hunter.

One can only image what the past four years might’ve done to the man. Would he have even survived? Who knows, the cruelty and absurdity of it all might’ve offed him. The events of January 6th alone would’ve been enough material for another book. Even though his later works weren’t as sharp as those he wrote the first couple of decades of his career, the “worst” of Hunter is still better than most.

Yet with everything I’ve consumed regarding Hunter, which encompasses just about everything he’s ever written and every bit of footage I could find on Youtube, this clip is entirely new to me. It’s derived from documentary filmmaker Wayne Ewing who spent nearly twenty years filming Hunter S. Thompson for his 2003 feature documentary “Breakfast With Hunter.”

In it, he’s assembled a short piece that follows Hunter throughout his trip to Hollywood for a cameo in Terry Gilliam’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” The cameo is little known and the rest of the footage pulls back the curtains on this wild time in the writer’s life. Check it out.