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The Lasting Effects ‘Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas’ Had On Johnny Depp Are Eye-Opening

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While the infamous Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas was a failure by some accounts, it certainly made an impact on cinema. Perhaps in a even more prevelant way, it made a huge impact on actor Johnny Depp, resulting in the personality we know today.

A Lifelong Friend

In preparation for shooting the psychadelic film Depp spent a great deal of time with the writer Hunter S. Thompson, who Depp’s character in the movie was loosely based on. During this time Depp learned as much as he could about the man and legend that Thompson was.

Depp described his approach to gathering information about the man he would be imitating as being “Kind of a sponge.” Depp did not simply learn about Thompson and then depart, however. In fact, from their time spent together these two went on to be close friends.

Total Immersion

Depp found himself taking on the role completely, even so much so that he continued to show some of the personality traits and tics of the character he played several weeks after shooting while participating in a interview with Rolling Stone. Needless to say, Depp took the role incredibly seriously.

Johnny Depp’s part as the Hunter S. Thompson-esque character was absolutely a heavy immersion into the role, and it permanently changed Depp.

Change In Personality

After all of the time Depp spent with Thompson and in character it was noted that he became a bit more extroverted. Depp called the outward personality change a “drug” of sorts, and was observed to be much more outgoing after his time with the notoriously eccentric writer.

While Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas was looked upon as a financial flop, it has gained a following all its own. Perhaps even more fascinating, however, is surely the impact this wild film and the legendary writer Hunter S. Thompson had on actor Johny Depp.

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