What's the Difference between Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas the Book and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas the Movie?


Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Released: 1971
Author: Hunter S. Thompson

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Released: 1998
Director: Terry Gilliam
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Raoul Duke
Raoul Duke
Portrayed by: Johnny Depp
Dr. Gonzo
Dr. Gonzo
Portrayed by: Benicio Del Torro
Portrayed by: Christina Ricci
Woman on Elevator
Woman on Elevator
Portrayed by: Cameron Diaz
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   Duke and Gonzo go to see Debbie Reynolds. They park right in front of the building and are yelled at by the valet. They jump out and give them a 5 dollar tip to park the car. They tell them they are old friends of Debbie's and used to romp with her. They park in front and pay the valet. They go inside and Gonzo tells the man in front of the theater that they are old friends of Debbie's and used to romp with her.
   After spilling half the cocaine and eating the acid, Dr. Gonzo take some cocaine with a rolled up twenty down in the salt shaker. He licks the briefcase that still has a cocaine residue on it.
   While renting the car the rental agency man is questioning if they have been drinking. Raoul says he isn't. Dr. Gonzo snaps and tells him to fill the gas tank because they are in a hurry to get to Las Vegas. The rental agency man says "What?" and Raoul says never mind and races off into traffic. The two discuss the man's mental state. The rental agency man questions if they have been drinking. They ignore him and drive off.
   Duke and Gonzo take Lucy out to the car to try and get rid of her. They get her name and Duke goes back inside to make a reservation for her at the Americana. Duke tells them he is her uncle and she is an artist and is high strung. They drive to the airport and tell her that they are going to trade the Whale for a Mercedes. Gonzo takes her out of the car and pays a Taxi jockey 10$ to make sure his "drunk girlfriend" gets to the Americana. He also gives him another 5 for cab fare. They never leave the hotel and Duke calls from their suite to make the reservation. He tells them she is an artist, but also adds that she is doing her Master's Thesis on Barbara Streisand. They ask for her last name, and he says he would rather not say because his brother is in politics. They drive to the Graceland Wedding Chapel, and Gonzo puts Lucy in a cab himself and tells the driver to take her to the Americana. Duke is leaning on the horn the whole time.
   When they are in the room after the encounter in the elevator, Dr. Gonzo says “God damn,” he said. “It’s serious now. That girl understood. She fell in love with me.” He ads "Eye contact."
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