March 2, 2013 by Craig Sutherland
- Martin Scorsese and Oliver Stone each tried to get the film off the ground, but were unsuccessful and moved on.
- Hunter S. Thompson had previously been portrayed by Johnny Depp’s Ed Wood co-star Bill Murray in the film “Where The Buffalo Roam.” Prior to filming, Murray called Depp with the advice “Be careful or you’ll find yourself ten years from now still doing him…Make sure your next role is some drastically different guy.”
The character of Dr. Gonzo is based on Hunter S. Thompson’s friend ‘Oscar Zeta Acosta’, who is said to have drowned sometime in 1974.
- Near end of this film, Duke takes too much “andrenichrome” and has a nasty experience. Andrenichrome was a substance that Hunter S. Thompson made up for the book when he originally wrote it, and was kept in the script by Terry Gilliam. The name itself wasn’t new – Adrenochrome is an oxidation product of adrenaline, while Adrenochrome semicarbazone, also known as carbazochrome, is used as a medicinal drug to reduce capillary bleeding – however, neither compound is a hallucinogenic drug as portrayed in the book/film. After showing a rough cut of the film to a test audience, Gilliam was approached by a group of young men, one of which complimented him on the film in general, but said that his favorite scene was the andrenichrome scene. He said that he had used the drug and that Gilliam had captured the effects perfectly. Gilliam didn’t have the heart to tell the kid that it was made up, and went along with his story.
Trivia taken from IMDB
- Hunter S. Thompson Runs for Aspen, Colorado Sheriff on the “Freak Power” Platform (1970) (openculture.com)
- The most interesting person you have never met! (queenalexmag.wordpress.com)