1978 BBC documentary following the good doctor and compatriot Ralph Steadman from Las Vegas to Hollywood, CA via Death Valley and Barstow. Directed by Nigel Finch. And below, some classic wrestling shoe-era Letterman segments for good measure.
“I’m never sure which one people want me to be [Thompson or Duke], and sometimes they conflict… I am living a normal life, but beside me is this myth, growing larger and getting more and more warped. When I get invited to Universities to speak, I’m not sure who they’re inviting, Duke or Thompson… I suppose that my plans are to figure out some new identity, kill off one life and start another.”
“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”
-Hunter S. Thompson