Those who have read the classic works of Hunter S. Thompson will quickly recognize the raging, surreal madness captured in the illustrations by Ralph Steadman. Now the famed artist is the subject of a new documentary, titled “For No Good Reason.”
Director Charlie Paul has been working on this project for 15 years and he is planning to debut the film in L.A. sometime in the near future. The film features Johnny Depp, who portrayed Hunter S. Thompson in the film adaptation of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” visiting Steadman and watching the two discuss Steadman’s art and his years in the business. Not only does it include appearances from Steadman and Johnny, others people featured include “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” director Terry Gilliam and the late great writer himself, Hunter S. Thompson.
Paul had to this say regarding working with Steadman.
“He’s a very private man. [But] as the years went on Ralph became more and more relaxed with my presence and would say things openly to the camera and talk about what he was doing. Once those barriers were down, the floodgates were open, and the camera became invisible. I managed to disappear into the woodwork over the years, to the point where Ralph would openly talk about what he was doing and work without any awareness of the cameras, which then made the film a very open and honest and truthful account of his time in the studio.”
There is not release date as of yet for the documentary.
Born in the UK in 1937 Ralph Steadman has been a famous figure in the art world since the ‘60s. After working for a number of publishers his big break came when he did art work for a number of works by Hunter S. Thompson. He also famously created images for editions of “Alice in Wonderland,” “Treasure Island,” and “Animal Farm” as well as the logo for the Flying Dog Brewery in Maryland. He still is alive and creating new works to this day.
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Source: Inside movies