Johnny Depp wants to promote his new film 'The Rum Diary' with a bus tour of colleges -- EXCLUSIVE

Johnny-Depp-Hunter-S-ThompsonImage Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.comJohnny Depp tells EW he would like to promote his forthcoming film, The Rum Diary, with a bus tour of colleges. Depp plays a journalist in the drama, which is directed by Withnail & I filmmaker Bruce Robinson and is based on a semi-autobiographical book by the late gonzo writer Hunter S. Thompson. “It’s a special little film,” says Depp, who previously channeled Thompson’s writing in 1998’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. “The Rum Diary is one that I feel should be promoted a lot differently than most films. Of course, there’s the press junkets and the premieres and whatnot. But Hunter used to go and do talks at colleges and things like that. I feel like I want Bruce and I to get in a bus and drive to three, four different schools, and go and talk to people.”

The Rum Diary is due for release later this year.

What do you think of his plan? Would you enjoy an evening of Johnny Depp and Bruce Robinson (who is a hugely entertaining and interesting character in his own right)?

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  • jasmine

    YES YES YES!! i hope he comes to my school, but if he comes anywhere in jersey or ny i will so be there. ill drive to pennsylvania, virginia, or michigan if i have to. there is no way i would miss seeing johnny in the flesh

  • ray


  • Bette

    Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum !!!

  • Mark

    The college tour is a great idea to promote the film. I love the ingenuity behind the idea. Drop is thinking outside the box, not to mention paying tribute to an inspirational figure of contemporary literature. It would no doubt be a hit with fans of Drop as well as Thompson, and would definitely generate lots of marketing buzz.

    • Mark

      misspelled: Depp
      Darn smartphone spell check.

  • Monty

    Is it bad that all I thought when I read that headline was “But why is the rum gone???”

    • Emjay

      Ha! Not at all.

  • Anonymous

    Miami University! Oxford, OH. Please!

  • starr

    OMG! YES!

  • Eva

    Heeeey!!! I hope they don’t forget Europe! University of Alicante, Spain! Please, i wanna see Johnny Depp here!

  • Barb

    I already have a Master’s (long time ago) but I’d start the doctorate to get in on that lecture!

  • HC

    omg come to USC!

  • Yeamon

    Genius – but they need to go to more than 4 colleges if the plan is to drum up a big audience. Looking forward to this film.

  • Carrie #2

    OMG…if he comes anywhere in PA, Ohio, or WV, I’m soooo there!

  • Amelia

    He seriously needs to come to the midwest, and by midwest, I mean Minnesota!

  • PirateFan

    Kent State University, all the way!

  • ale


    • anna

      Come to Charlotte nc.I have great pictures of johnny depp when he was shooting the movie in p.r.He was nice enough to pose.Very nice man

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