|Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 11:52 am: |
Yeah, I think the Hell's Angels were probably pissed that Hunter portrayed them so well in his book (a bunch of brutish losers who commanded respect). It says a lot about the Angels that Hunter treated them all with such respect and hospitality, was well received in their circle (he rode with them, partied with them etc for quite a while) but in the end was stomped anyway, for taking pictures of them.
I think Hunter fared far better than any other journalist who would have dared get so close to a group of murders, rapists, and overall degenerates.
|Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 7:18 am: |
There are a ton of Hunter books on ebay, I think I'm going to have to buy some and check them out. I've heard the Hells Angels book was excellent.
|Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2002 - 3:01 am: |
Hunter said they were losers. He also gave them their due, such as it is. He also admitted he was concerned about them kicking his ass, and in fact, they did kick his ass before it was over with.
If you haven't read Hunter's book about the Hell's Angels, you haven't read about the Hell's Angels. It is one of THE best books about anything.
|Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - 9:06 pm: |
Hunter S is a total character. I read in Rolling Stone how Johnny Depp prepared for the role. Hunter even gave Johnny the appropriate hairdo using a straight razor.
Sonny Barger, one of the founders of the Oakland Hell's Angels, didn't have nice things to say about Hunter in the HELL'S ANGEL biography. He claims that most of Hunter's take on the Hell's Angels was made-up bullshit, and that at one point Hunter locked himself in the trunk of his car because he was afraid of getting his ass kicked. I haven't read Hunter's book so I can't comment on his portrayal of the Angels.
|Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - 4:29 pm: |
Don't forget Alex Cox (Sid and Nancy, Straight to Hell, etc). Gilliam lifted most of Cox's FaLiLV screenplay for when Gilliam was given the picture.
|Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - 1:13 pm: |
The F&L movie is about as good a film adaptation of an impossible-to-adapt-to-film book as you could hope for.
Hunter Thompson is one of the "back page" columnists on ESPN, has been for a long time. His sports columns there are in exactly the same vein as his writing about sports in F&L.
I haven't seen many Danish movies, but "Babette's Feast" is a magnificent movie, one of my favorite of all time.
|Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - 12:51 pm: |
Hunter has been writing on ESPN?
Details, links please?
I love HST, love the books of his I've read as well as Johnny Depp's & Terry Gilliam's interpretation of him as well.
|Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - 12:40 pm: |
Yes! The Fear and Loathing movie is as good an adaptation of the book as you could ever ask for. I read the book way before the movie came out and I thought there was no way in hell a movie could capture the spirit of Hunter's witty, frantic, drug-addled and relentlessly comical prose. But this movie does a very good job. I still suggest you read the book. It is a very quick read and you will be laughing out loud at least once a page.
I am huge Hunter S. fan, if you couldn’t tell. I also suggest his book on the Hells Angels if you like F&L. Some of his other books are much more subtle in their humor and insight, but I have read just about everything he ever put his name to and I have enjoyed the vast majority of it (except some of his very recent stuff, like his column on espns site, methinks the booze has pickled his brain a bit too much).
|Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - 12:20 pm: |
I watched Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas last night, and everytime I've seen it I catch something new. Although I've never read any of Hunter S Thompsons works. Can any tell me if it was true to the book ??