When famous “gonzo” journalist Hunter S. Thompson needed an artist to accompany him on a trip to cover the Kentucky Derby for an article that would eventually be titled “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved”, he was assigned Ralph Steadman. That was the first collaboration of many the duo would have over the years, highlighted [as least for the mainstream] by Steadman providing his illustrations for Thompson’s most highly visible work, “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”.
Steadman, who lives in the UK, is the focus of “For No Good Reason” a documentary of his life as an artist/cartoonist/illustrator that was made in 2012 and is finally getting its USA release after having already been released in London in 2012, Italy in 2013 and Japan last month. For much of the film, Steadman is joined by actor Johnny Depp who famously played Thompson in the film version of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” in 1998. The pair met while Depp was prepping and researching for the role and have been friends ever since. Cameo appearances in the film are also made by Terry Gilliam and Jann Wenner [the former publisher of “Rolling Stone” magazine].
“For No Good Reason” opens in New York City on April 25, 2014.