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The Rum Diary (2011) Poster

(2011)

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At one point, Benicio Del Toro was set to direct.
Johnny Depp suspended his sobriety for this film in order to experience the effects of liquors depicted.
Marks the second time that Johnny Depp appears in a movie adaptation of a Hunter S. Thompson novel. The first time was Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998).
When Sanderson introduces Paul Kemp to Chenault, he asks if they've met before. Kemp says they might have met on the plane. In the original novel, Kemp first meets Chenault on the plane to San Juan.
The name of the restaurant, from which Kemp and Sala are chased, "Café Cabrónes", translates roughly to "Coffee Bastards".
The final black and white still shot at the very end of the movie is not Puerto Rico, where the movie takes place, but Aruba. The author is shown sitting on a bench at the Aruba Palm Beach Club with a bottle of Amstel beer. The Aruba Caribbean Hotel, in the background, was the first resort hotel constructed on Palm Beach. The author visited Aruba while living in Puerto Rico. The photo is also the book's cover photo.
Benicio Del Toro, Brad Pitt, Josh Hartnett, and Nick Nolte were originally slated to appear.
This was the first film directed by Bruce Robinson since Jennifer 8 (1992).
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Philippe Vonlanthen, who met Bruce Robinson at a London book signing of his novel "The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Pennman" in 1999, was considered for the role of Digby.
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It didn't take long for Bruce Robinson to adapt the screenplay, as he fell into alcoholism again, by drinking a bottle of wine a day. He went into sobriety again after finishing it.
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According to the international maritime signal flag code, the flags in Sanderson's boat when they go to the carnival sat STTHOMTP (port side) and CARNIVAL (starboard).
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During filming, Bruce Robinson and the film crew were sweating so much, that a crew member brought iced Coronas on-set. He described his drinking in that moment as "savage", and never drank again after filming.
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Sanderson's bejeweled tortoise that was inspired by "a book he read once" is a reference to Joris-Karl Huysmans' novel À rebours, a favorite book of Bruce Robinson's. In that novel, the tortoise rather quickly dies, because it cannot handle the weight of the gems.
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The newspaper's name is "The San Juan Star".
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