The “Johnny Depp in Puerto Rico” Diary

As the release date (October 28, 2011) for The Rum Diary rolls near, daily newspaper Primera Hora recently published its own diary—“El diario de Johnny Depp en Puerto Rico”—a photographic record and timeline of Johnny Depp’s stay in Puerto Rico. Melba Brugueras writes about the mutual enthusiasm of Depp and his adoring fans during the filming not only on Old San Juan streets such as O’Donnell and Norzagaray, but also in the rainforest (El Yunque), along the hotel strip of El Condado, and in Vega Baja, Villa Palmeras in Santurce, and former naval base Roosevelt Roads in Ceiba, among other sites. See photos and excerpts with a link to the full diary below:

The reason for his visit? A very important film for him: The Rum Diary. But Depp enjoyed not only heat recorded on the thermometers, but also the warmth of our people, as he has revealed in multiple recent interviews.

The Rum Diary is based on a novel by the late Hunter Thompson, whom the actor considered his best friend and the best writer of the 20th century. The story revolves around an alcoholic American journalist arriving at Puerto Rico in the 1950s. It ends in a sea of entanglements, thanks mainly to rum.

Along with Depp, the cast included Ambert Heard, Aaron Eckhart, Richard Jenkins, Giovanni Ribisi, Amaury Nolasco, and Michael Rispoli. The Puerto Rico Film Corporation played a very important role for the filming of this movie on Puerto Rican soil.

From March to June 2009, Depp walked the streets of the old San Juan to shoot much of The Rum Diary, where a building on Tetuán Street simulated the headquarters of The San Juan Star newspaper.

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See more on The Rum Diary and trailers at and previous post New trailer for Johnny Depp’s “The Rum Diaries”

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