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Rum Diary Lands R Rating Sans Heard Nudity

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 15, 2010 at 5:02AM

Well, if Bruce Robinson's indie film based on Hunter S. Thompson's The Rum Diary didn't make it to Cannes, it wasn't because it wasn't finished.
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Well, if Bruce Robinson's indie film based on Hunter S. Thompson's The Rum Diary didn't make it to Cannes, it wasn't because it wasn't finished.

The film, which returns Johnny Depp to Thompson-land, just earned an R rating "for language, brief drug use and sexuality." But while star Amber Heard does appear in various stages of undress in the film, she asserts that she's never nude, contrary to some prior reports.

If you want more of Heard, who reportedly beat out Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley for The Rum Diary, I hear that she shows more skin in the 2009 Bret Easton Ellis adaptation The Informers, FYI. It's on DVD.

This article is related to: Genres, Headliners, In Production, Independents, Johnny Depp


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.