Riding Shotgun With Hunter S. Thompson

Told through the eyes of those who knew him best...everyone from (current Kotori cover story) Ralph Steadman to Johnny Depp to Bill Murray to a classic 'performance' from Gary Busey, "Buy The Ticket...Take The Ride" is the definitive look at Hunter S. Thompson and his life, and perhaps most importantly, the death of his physical self, leaving behind a colorful legacy worthy of a few hundred huffs of ether.

It's quite safe to say that this publication would never have existed (at least not by the people that started it) if it wasn't for the immense influence of one Hunter S. Thompson. Crafting word after word and sentence after sentence in a way that kept you wondering what the hot damn was next is perhaps one of the most satisfying and original forms of art in human history, and no one was able to capture the 'deprived and decadent' nature of human animal as well as HST.

In Starz original film, "Buy The Ticket...Take The Ride" proper homage is paid to the greatest writer of our time...a man who's persona precedes his mortality in such a fashion that his words can, will be, and have been relevant well before his day and infinitely past his time. A man who not only created, but perfected an entirely new genre of journalism...Gonzo. The promo kit alone was worth a review...a to-scale carboard replica of his trusty typewriter that included the hat, the aviator glasses, the Dunhill in HST's trademark cigarette holder, and a peacock feather accompanied our screening copy of the film. Told through the eyes of those who knew him best...everyone from (current Kotori cover story) Ralph Steadman to Johnny Depp to Bill Murray to a classic 'performance' from Gary Busey, this film is the definitive look at Hunter S. Thompson and his life, and perhaps most importantly, the death of his physical self, leaving behind a colorful legacy worthy of a few hundred huffs of ether. "Buy The Ticket...Take The Ride" provides a very upbeat and real look at the funeral he began planning himself since 1972...complete with elaborate details of how it was to be carried out and executed. He wasn't going to let anyone tell him what to do and how to do it...including his very own death, so his premeditated vision was played out to a perfect tee...all the way down to his ashes being shot hundreds of feet into the air out of a 150 foot tall Gonzo fist tower draped in fireworks on his property at Owl Farm in Woody Creek, Colorado.

So check it out on Starz on Dec.12. You owe it to your (in)sanity.