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10/15/2012 03:39 pm ET Updated Oct 15, 2012

Hunter S. Thompson Shaved Johnny Depp's Head For 'Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas' (PHOTO)

Johnny Depp and Hunter S. Thompson were friends for more than 10 years before the author killed himself in 2005.

The two men bonded instantly during their first meeting in 1994, and Depp went on to play Thompson's alter ego in the 1998 film adaptation of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," reports the Associated Press.

On Monday, an old photo of the author shaving Depp's head for the film was posted on Reddit, along with part of a conversation between Depp and "Inside The Actor's Studio" host James Lipton from 2002:

"Hunter shaved my head, in fact. I didn’t look in the mirror at all, I was in mortal fear. Hunter had a mining light… on his head – we were in his kitchen – and yeah, he shaved my hair."

In his conversation with Lipton, Depp revealed the extreme measures he undertook to be able to portray Thompson's alter ego, telling the host he even lived in the author's basement, which they called "the dungeon," for a couple months.

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