Just like the very good Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, Johnny Depp will once again portray another version of Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson in the upcoming film The Rum Diaries. I don't fault him for wanting to run around playing another thinly veiled version of Hunter S. It looks like a fun time, but it would be great to see someone else get a shot at interpreting the doctor's many gonzo ways.
The news about this upcoming movie made me wax nostalgic for the first attempt to make a movie of HST's antics in Where the Buffalo Roam. Starring Bill Murray in his most understated of roles (possible because he didn't want to risk Thompson's legendary ire if he fucked it up). Murray does a nice job nailing down his famous muttering, gestures and mayhem causing ways with his journalistic bouts of clarity. The film is a bit lumbering at times, but is ultimately saved by Peter Boyle stealing many of the scenes as Thompson's lunatic lawyer Carl Lazlo.
I highly recommend watching both the Depp and Murray films as a reasonable guide as you pack up your illicit supplies & firearms for your very own bender road trip. Imitation is the highest form or flattery even if none of us could ever do it as well as Hunter.