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** ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'' has a scene where Rango (also played by Johnny Depp) hits the windshield of the famous car driven by Hunter Thompson (''[[RoleReprisal also]]'' [[RoleReprisal played by Johnny Depp]]). Depp also claimed that some of Rango's more outlandish behavior was based on Thomspson. The character's crooked neck is even based on the famous poster for this movie.

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** ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'' has a scene where Rango (also played by Johnny Depp) hits the windshield of the famous car driven by Hunter Thompson (''[[RoleReprisal (''[[RoleReprise also]]'' [[RoleReprisal [[RoleReprise played by Johnny Depp]]). Depp also claimed that some of Rango's more outlandish behavior was based on Thomspson. The character's crooked neck is even based on the famous poster for this movie.


* ApprovalOfGod: Creator/HunterSThompson loved Johnny Depp's performance, claiming that if he ever met anyone as despicable as Depp's Duke, he'd immediately want to hit them with a chair.

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* ApprovalOfGod: Creator/HunterSThompson loved Johnny Depp's performance, claiming that if he ever met anyone as despicable as Depp's Duke, he'd immediately want to hit them with a chair. The only thing in the film Thompson has been known to directly object to, was the scene where Duke throws coins at the ground for the dwarf waiter to pick up. Thompson was very insistent that the moment was [[ThrowItIn an improvisation]] from Depp, and that in real life he would never have done something so demeaning.

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** Music/PanicAtTheDisco's fourth album is named ''Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!''.

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* RealitySubtext: As Creator/RogerEbert noted in his review, Creator/JohnnyDepp was once arrested for trashing a hotel room in New York, as Raoul and Dr. Gonzo do. He questioned how Depp could have found any humour in the story, especially considering that Creator/RiverPhoenix died of an overdose outside the club Depp formerly owned.


* CastingGag: The real Creator/HunterSThompson shows up in a hallucination/flashback sequence to his youth.



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Subverted by the first editions of the book, despite the best efforts of the publishers. When publication of the book was still being negotiated, the lawyers of the publishers tried to get Thompson to delete the references to his attorney engaging in criminal acts, since; even as depicted through an {{Expy}}, could have badly damaged his reputation and been considered libelous. Thompson reached out to Oscar Zeta Acosta; the real life model for the fictional Dr. Gonzo, and asked him to sign a release. Acosta however initially refused, ''not'' because he was concerned over libelous content, but because he took offense at the changes made to his character -- he was a proud Chicano, and considered it an insult that the book described him as "a 300-pound Samoan". He would only sign the release on the condition that he be explicitly named as the basis for Gonzo on the book's cover. In other words, he insisted on taking ''full credit'' for the very criminal behavior the lawyers feared would harm and or offend him.


** ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'' has a scene where Rango hits the windshield of the famous car driven by Hunter Thompson. Funnily enough, Creator/JohnnyDepp voiced Rango as well as played Hunter Thompson in the respective movies.

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** ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'' has a scene where Rango (also played by Johnny Depp) hits the windshield of the famous car driven by Hunter Thompson. Funnily enough, Creator/JohnnyDepp voiced Rango as well as played Hunter Thompson in (''[[RoleReprisal also]]'' [[RoleReprisal played by Johnny Depp]]). Depp also claimed that some of Rango's more outlandish behavior was based on Thomspson. The character's crooked neck is even based on the respective movies.famous poster for this movie.

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* ApprovalOfGod: Creator/HunterSThompson loved Johnny Depp's performance, claiming that if he ever met anyone as despicable as Depp's Duke, he'd immediately want to hit them with a chair.

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* TroubledProduction: The film had loads of different directors replaced before deciding to hire Gilliam, executives wanting to update the book's setting to TheNineties, and no firm budget when starting.
** The writing process also took forever. Alex Cox and Tod Davies wrote a screenplay for the movie, only for it to be disapproved by Hunter S. Thompson himself. Because of that, Gilliam had to write another one in just ten days (though he solved that problem by taking large chunks of the book and writing it in script format. Plus, he had the help of Tony Grisoni). Afterwards, there were problems with the Writers Guild of America after requesting to take Cox and Davies' names off due to their script being heavily rewritten. When Gilliam thought that he might lose the argument, he shot a scene explaining that "no matter what is said in the credits, no writers were involved in the making of the film" as a failsafe. When the decision came to credit him and Grisoni first and Cox and Davies second, Gilliam was mad about sharing credit, later burning his WGA card during a book signing.
** Filming in a casino was hard thanks to having to film between two and six in the morning, not having many extras, and having said extras actually gamble.


** According to Robert Rosen's biography of him, in early 1980, just before his recorded comeback, Creator/JohnLennon read ''Fear and Loathing'' and became taken with the idea of playing Raoul Duke in a film version. Though it never eventuated, he referenced the novel in a draft of biographical matter (agreeing with its assessment of his song "Power to the People") and parodied the title twice in his posthumously published ''Skywriting by Word of Mouth''.

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** According to Robert Rosen's biography of him, in early 1980, just before his recorded comeback, Creator/JohnLennon Music/JohnLennon read ''Fear and Loathing'' and became taken with the idea of playing Raoul Duke in a film version. Though it never eventuated, he referenced the novel in a draft of biographical matter (agreeing with its assessment of his song "Power to the People") and parodied the title twice in his posthumously published ''Skywriting by Word of Mouth''.

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* DVDCommentary: The Criterion Edition has several commentary tracks, including one by ''Creator/HunterSThompson'' himself that makes the CE a must-have for Thompson fans. Throughout the film Hunter insults Creator/TerryGilliam, screams randomly, audibly smokes weed, and tries to call cast members when he's bored. Yet for all his randomness, he remembers that Creator/JohnnyDepp is using audio from the anti-drug law enforcement movie-in-a-movie on his answering machine and calls Depp's answering machine to prove it and Hunter times it almost perfectly to sync up the film and the machine.


* DoingItForTheArt: Nearly everyone in the film, but special credit goes to Benicio Del Toro, who burned his arm with cigarettes to match the burns on Oscar Acosta's arm, and ended up getting blood poisoning. He also gained 40 pounds for the role. He tried to put on even more weight, but there wasn't time.
* DyeingForYourArt: Johnny Depp had his head shaved to match Thompson's male-pattern baldness. By Thompson. With a ''straight razor''. ''While Thompson wore a [[CrazyAwesome miner's helmet]]''.

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* DoingItForTheArt: Nearly everyone in the film, but special credit goes to Benicio Del Toro, Creator/BenicioDelToro, who burned his arm with cigarettes to match the burns on Oscar Acosta's arm, and ended up getting blood poisoning. He also gained 40 pounds for the role. He tried to put on even more weight, but there wasn't time.
* DyeingForYourArt: Johnny Depp Creator/JohnnyDepp had his head shaved to match Thompson's male-pattern baldness. By Thompson. With a ''straight razor''. ''While Thompson wore a [[CrazyAwesome miner's helmet]]''.helmet]]''.
* MidDevelopmentGenreShift: It was originally just going to be a straight series of articles covering a motorcycle race in Las Vegas, before becoming the weird, wacky, genre-defining whatever-it-is that it became.



* MidDevelopmentGenreShift: It was originally just going to be a straight series of articles covering a motorcycle race in Las Vegas, before becoming the weird, wacky, genre-defining whatever-it-is that it became.


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* SavedFromDevelopmentHell: There had been plans to adapt the book into a film since the late 1970s.
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** Creator/BenicioDelToro improvised the part in the beginning in the car when he licked the spilt cocaine off the suitcase.
** Creator/GaryBusey improvised the "Give me a kiss" line. The producers and Creator/HunterSThompson were initially horrified by it, but Creator/TerryGilliam thought it was funny, and left it in the final cut. Thompson said that after a few more viewings, he found the line quite funny.


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** Creator/MartinScorsese and Creator/OliverStone each tried to get the film off the ground, but were unsuccessful and moved on.
** During the early stages during the initial development hell to get the film made, Creator/JackNicholson and Creator/MarlonBrando were originally considered for Duke and Gonzo, and Nicholson was attached, but they both grew too old. Afterward, Creator/DanAykroyd and Creator/JohnBelushi were considered for the duo, but that fell apart when Belushi died. Creator/JohnMalkovich was later considered for Duke, but he too grew too old. At one point Creator/JohnCusack was almost cast, but then Thompson met Creator/JohnnyDepp, and was convinced no one else could play him. Cusack had previously directed the play version of "Fear and Loathing", with his brother playing Duke.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Creator/HunterSThompson based Dr. Gonzo on his friend 'Oscar Zeta Acosta', who is said to have drowned sometime in 1974.


* HeyItsThatGuy: [[Music/RedHotChiliPeppers Flea]] has a short cameo as a hippy musician who licks Johnny Depp's arm.


* HeyItsThatGuy: [[Music/RedHotChiliPeppers Flea]] shows up as a hippy musician who licks Johnny Depp's arm for a minute or two.

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* HeyItsThatGuy: [[Music/RedHotChiliPeppers Flea]] shows up has a short cameo as a hippy musician who licks Johnny Depp's arm for a minute or two.arm.


* HeyIt'sThatGuy: [[Music/RedHotChiliPeppers]]Flea shows up as a hippy musician who licks Johnny Depp's arm for a minute or two.

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* HeyIt'sThatGuy: [[Music/RedHotChiliPeppers]]Flea HeyItsThatGuy: [[Music/RedHotChiliPeppers Flea]] shows up as a hippy musician who licks Johnny Depp's arm for a minute or two.

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* HeyIt'sThatGuy: [[Music/RedHotChiliPeppers]]Flea shows up as a hippy musician who licks Johnny Depp's arm for a minute or two.

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