Great fuckin' movie! Got to add some points that have been missed: based on real events while Hunter S Thompson was supposed to be covering the Mint 400 (not filming it) - it was originally supposed to be a Sports Illustrated caption, not a book on the American Dream written in pure Gonzo journalism. The attorney is based on the real man, Oscar Acosta, who was also there and is Chicano, not Samoan. Hunter tried to get first SI, then Rolling Stone to cover "expenses" but they were deemed too outrageous - Random House paid for it, giving them future control of HST's book.
"I have dealt with them all, at close range, and my only regret is that I stomped too softly on the bastards"