Rum Diary Question #15 ~ Paul Kemp

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Re: Rum Diary Question #15 ~ Paul Kemp

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Sun May 16, 2010 9:09 pm

There is a shared hope! For those who have seen the movie in test screenings, perhaps they can give us a sense of how Kemp is portrayed...Hunteresque or as a unique character?
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Re: Rum Diary Question #15 ~ Paul Kemp

Unread postby Liz » Sun May 16, 2010 10:21 pm

fireflydances wrote:I have to agree with those who are looking for Johnny to offer a fictional character as opposed to a portrayal of a young Hunter. I think there are probably aspects of HST's personality (and obviously his perspectives) in Kemp but this is not gonzo stuff. There remains a distance between the writer and Kemp, one that doesn't exist in some of Hunter's other work (Fear and Loathing etc). In addition Kemp seems much more hesitant than Hunter would in the same situations. The fact that what we've seen of Kemp 'in costume' so to speak doesn't seem to capture the young Hunter also might support the idea that JD is going for his own 'take' on this character, using his formidable talent to knit disparate beings into one whole new persona. In any case, I can't wait -- I sure hope they come out of Cannes with solid distributors.

Good point, Fireflydances. I’m sure that Johnny will add his own special twist to Kemp.
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