As expected, Johnny, while promoting the film, has been speaking candidly about their relationship and how much he misses his friend:
"It was a love affair, a major love affair that hung around until he made his exit. He's with me all the time, whether I have a dream about him or something happens during the day and you think, 'My God, Hunter would really love this.' I miss the 3am phone calls asking me if I'm familiar with the hairy black tongue disease. I miss getting him riled up about some sports event or something like that. I miss everything."
There are more good quotes and recollections here - click - including the story of how they met and “sparks flew”. It’s really, really cute. It’s the kind of information - eccentric, original - we’ve come to love from him, that sets him apart from some of his movie star peers.
The Rum Diary opens October 28th.