Because the original book is so wild, one might assume Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas behind-the-scenes stories would be equally outlandish. And indeed, the filming process for the movie about Hunter S. Thompson's over-the-top adventures didn't lack drama. It took years to adapt, with Thompson and Johnny Depp's relationship only growing stronger - and odder - in the interim.
While covering a story about a late local journalist for Rolling Stone in 1971, Thompson met Oscar "Zeta" Acosta. Acosta accompanied the author on two separate road trips to Las Vegas, NV. Thompson merged these two trips into one longer story, creating the alter-ego Raoul Duke for himself and Dr. Gonzo for Acosta. The story that became Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas has no real narrative, but instead combines a massive quantity of illicit substances with the characters' search for the American dream.
More cult classic than critical success, the film version of the book offers another glimpse of Thompson's strange life.