Hunter worked the telephone incessantly during the last ten years of his life, and his telcons with Johnny Depp keep The Rum Diary alive as you can see in Episode 9. How many people can get Johnny Depp to wake up and answer the phone at 6:30 in the morning at the Dorchester Hotel in London? If you have Hunter’s sense of humor and cachet, you’ll always get through.
Unfortunately, Hunter went to rest with the Lords of Karma with The Rum Diary very much in limbo. Johnny displayed his enormous love and respect by making Hunter’s outrageous funeral wish possible, as documented in When I Die. And, then Johnny did something even more important to Hunter: he kept The Rum Diary alive. Now it’s finally a movie, opening in theaters in just a few days. No doubt, the Beast is stirring and quite pleased.