Jack Nicholson's Hunter scare
( contactmusic.com ) - Jack Nicholson once jumped out a window to escape Hunter S. Thompson when he threatened him with a gun.
The Hollywood legend fled in fear of his life from the hellraising 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' writer.
Nicholson said: "One of the first times I met him, he pulled out a gun in the middle of a house. Me and a friend of mine jumped out the window."
Johnny Depp - a close friend of the late Rolling Stone journalist who committed suicide in February 2005 - also has terrifying memories of the writer's wild life.
Depp reveals in a new biography about the journalist, 'Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson': "He wanted to fire a shotgun off but needed a target. He had these propane tanks and he handed me some duct tape and these things that were a bit bigger than a matchbook, and we started taping them on the tanks.
"I said, 'What are these things?' and he said, 'That's nitro-glycerine.' I immediately put out my cigarette."
After Thompson shot himself, Depp and his other friends gathered to fire his ashes out of a cannon, in accordance with his wishes. Nicholson said: "He was a very gentle guy with a lot of problems and I guess he never found the right way to share them."