Louis Theroux Calls Netflix’s Tiger King A “Romp” Ahead Of His Own Joe Exotic Documentary


Louis Theroux has called Netflix’s groundbreaking documentary Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness a “romp” ahead of his own Joe Exotic documentary.

As previously announced, the documentarian will revisit his run-in with the disgraced exotic animal owner in a new feature-length documentary called Shooting Joe Exotic.

The project follows Louis first encountering Joe while filming his 2011 BBC documentary, Louis Theroux: America’s Most Dangerous Pets and speaking recently, Louis heaped praise on Netflix’s much-discussed series, referring to it as a “romp”.

He told Radio Times: “I thought, ‘Wow, they’ve done a great job of making this compelling. It’s a romp, and it’s obviously connecting with people.’

“Given how much material there was, it’s no easy job to make a seven-hour documentary, which is really complicated and has lots of different layers and sources of material.”

While Shooting Joe Exotic won’t feature any new footage of the Tiger King himself, it will include interviews with those who know him and feature leftover footage from Louis’ previous encounter with him.

Speaking previously about his own opinion of Joe Exotic following those meetings, Louis said: “Yes, I liked him but I also knew he was spinning me a line.

“I sometimes had the feeling Joe wasn’t totally across his brief, conservation-wise. Like he couldn’t remember his own hype.”

This latest documentary follows Tiger King spawning an Amazon series starring Nicholas Cage, a musical with Drag Race stars and potentially, a season 2.

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness season 1 is available to stream on Netflix.

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