Amber Heard, star of the new film Drive Angry, tells Boxoffice that her upcoming adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's The Rum Diary will take a slightly different approach than Terry Gilliam did when he made Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in 1998. "I think that the two are obviously connected," reveals Heard. "Johnny Depp being the most obvious connection, and also Hunter S. Thompson, they're both intimately connected. And yet, why I like The Rum Diary so much is that The Rum Diary was written pre-Gonzo. That's why I love it!"
Bruce Robinson, best known for the cult British film Withnail & I, adapted and is directing the forthcoming film. Heard says that because the source material was less psychedelic than some of Thompson's later works, Robinson's film will be appropriately more understated in its execution as well. "It was Hunter S. Thompson at his purest—unabashed, unpolluted, not that he was polluted later, but it's something sweet," she said. "He later becomes Gonzo, who is an artist unto himself, and I think that we are all familiar with that thing that he created. And I am a fan of that, but this story is pre all of that; it's a much purer approach to a story. It's Hunter S. Thompson.
"Those elements are there, those vices are there, those themes are there," adds Heard. "[But] it's not dependent on them, which is why I think The Rum Diaries will stand out from it."
Drive Angry opens Friday, February 25, 2011.