Johnny Depp comes to UC Berkeley’s Wheeler Auditorium for private movie screening

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Actor Johnny Depp greets his fans and signs autographs as he leaves Wheeler Hall Monday night.

Johnny Depp, an Academy Award-nominated actor, and Director Bruce Robinson hosted a Q&A session at a special private screening of their new movie, The Rum Diary, in Wheeler Auditorium Monday night.

The event was only open to those students who both personally received an invitation and RSVPed before 12 p.m. Monday. Students who show up for the event without having previously RSVPed were turned away.

The session was moderated by writer Ben Fong-Torres, an Oakland native who has written for Rolling Stone and the San Francisco Chronicle and who has emceed past events such as the South by Southwest music and film festival in Austin, Texas.

The movie, based on the novel by Hunter Thompson, is set in the 1950s and follows New York-based journalist Paul Kemp who takes up a freelance job in San Juan, Puerto Rico. As he falls in love with a woman named Chenault, played by Amber Heard, he falls into the habit of drinking rum.

The movie will open in theaters Oct. 28.