For No Good Reason

Synopsis: Johnny Depp pays a visit to Ralph Steadman, the renown artist and the last of the original Gonzo visionaries who worked alongside Hunter S. Thompson.
Director(s): Charlie Paul
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min

Hey, driver, hold up.

I'm trying to get on.

Hold up, man.

AH right Thanks a lot.


My idea was actually to

do a thousand pictures of New York.


What I was looking

for were things to draw.

New York, skyscrapers

and everything.

It's God's own city, man.

Hey, what's up, man?

Hey, you look fine.

What you trying to make

yourself five bucks for, bro?

Yeah. Hey, hey.

Just run across, man. Just run

across the street. Come on, man.

What it

does for me,

it freezes a moment,

that when

I look back on it,

I think, "Goodness me.

Did that really happen?"

You know,

it's just something

that is frozen in time

and it's gonna change.

Nothing stays the same.

I found it

upsetting seeing all these

vagrant people

wandering the streets

and always

staggering towards you

and grabbing you

by the hand.

And saying,

"Give us a dime, buddy.

"This is a tough city

to get started in."

It's hopeless.

I could never do it.


And I wanted to capture that

sort of look, that face.

I was drawn towards

skid row, I was drawn towards it

as a sort of almost a museum

of misery and deprivation.

And I think this is

a picture of a bum,

and he's hanging

onto a fire hydrant,

and there's a woman saying,

"Why don't you get up

and get yourself a job?"

You know,

that sort of thing.

"You're lyin' about on

the pavement doin' nothin'."

"Oh, leave me alone, lady.

Leave me alone."

I think my experience

in New York

gave me the conviction

that I needed

to make this

the work of my life.

I needed it to reassure myself

that I wasn't wasting my time.

Cartooning meant more to me

than just doing funny pictures.

It meant to change

things for the better.

While I was in New York,

I got a phone call.


To go and meet an ex-Hells Angel

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