Actress Karimah Westbrook Shares the big Screen with Johnny Depp as the Unique and Funny Papa Nebo in The Rum Diary

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Chicago Native Karimah Westbrook, who portrays Papa Nebo in the highly anticipated release of Johnny Depp's latest film The Rum Diary has a new movie, a new agent and a new attitude.

The Rum Diary's Paul Kemp and Papa Nebo on the set!

thank you so very much for your fabulous work-got to be nearly impossible to come in and do what you did-but you did it. The character you created is utterly unique and very very funny. You are a fabulous actress!

Revitalized by the upcoming release of the highly anticipated film The Rum Diary, an adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s novel, a gonzo-eye’s view of a world first charted by Graham Greene, starring Johnny Depp, Actress Karimah Westbrook, who portrays Papa Nebo has a new movie, a new agent and most importantly a new attitude and she is ready to claim her position as Hollywood’s one to watch.

In the The Rum Diary, the story of an American journalist (Johnny Depp) working in Puerto Rico in the 1950s, Westbrook shares the big screen with Depp working her magic as Papa Nebo; literally speaking a language only he comprehends. Although barely recognizable and on screen for only a few moments, Westbrook owned the giberrish speaking character impressing Director, Bruce Robinson with her work.

In a letter received after filming, Bruce Robinson writes “Karimah, I wanted to thank you so very much for your fabulous work-got to be nearly impossible to come in and do what you did-but you did it. The character you created is utterly unique and very very funny. You are a fabulous actress and if I ever make another movie you’ll be in it.”

“This is what acting is all about,” comments Karimah Westbrook. “The freedom to create unique characters under the guidance of talented directors is a dream come true for me.  As one of a few Black actresses having the opportunity to work with the amazing Johnny Depp, this experience has confirmed my attitude about the possibilities. I hope the momentum continues for myself and for others like me here in Hollywood.”

In addition to the release of her new movie, Westbrook has a new agent and a new attitude. She recently signed with Sara Schedeen and Tom Markley at Metropolitan Talent Agency. Through this partnership she anticipates increased opportunity for more substantial roles. Furthermore, her new role has revitalized her spirit and catapulted her into the driver’s seat as she takes control of her career and solidifies her position as Hollywood’s one to watch.

Westbrook attended The Rum Diary's world premiere last night at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Film District will release it nationwide on October 28, 2011.

To learn about Karimah Westbrook’s previous work and future projects follow her on Twitter @only1karimah, Facebook http://www.facebook.com/actresskarimahwestbrook, IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0007018/ or youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-6oYXyiLfs.

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