Anthony Bourdain Documentary Drops Gripping First Trailer For Roadrunner

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An upcoming documentary about the beautiful and tragic life of Anthony Bourdain has just released its first trailer.

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain takes a closer look at who the chef, writer and provocateur was before his untimely death in 2018 through videos of the star herself, interspersed with interviews from those who knew him best.

Bourdain died by suicide at the age of 61 on June 8, 2018, while in France with his best friend and world-renowned chef, Eric Ripert.

Bittersweet: An upcoming documentary about the beautiful and tragic life of Anthony Bourdain, Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain, just released its emotional first trailer

Bittersweet: An upcoming documentary about the beautiful and tragic life of Anthony Bourdain, Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain, just released its emotional first trailer

Hearing Bourdain’s rich voice in the trailer is like a cold-water jolt: “You’ll probably figure it out anyway, so here’s a little preemptive truth: There’s no happy ending.”

The film uses Tony’s own words to take viewers on a journey through his extraordinary but dark life through old footage.

Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville stands behind Roadrunner, aiming to tell the author and food icon’s story through the prism of Bourdain himself, along with candid conversations with those closest to him in life.

“It was almost never about food, it was about Tony learning to be a better person,” says friend and chef David Chang.

Gone Too Soon: The doc takes a deep dive into who the chef, writer and provocateur was before his untimely death in 2018 using videos of the star herself interspersed with interviews from those who knew him best

Gone Too Soon: The doc takes a deep dive into who the chef, writer and provocateur was before his untimely death in 2018 using videos of the star herself interspersed with interviews from those who knew him best

“It’s not where you’re going. It’s what you leave behind,” reads the film’s logline. “Chef, writer, adventurer, provocateur: Anthony Bourdain lived his life unabashedly.”

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain is an intimate behind-the-scenes look at how an anonymous chef became a world-renowned cultural icon.

Neville will unravel the fame of the former chef of Les Halles, as well as his family life with 14-year-old daughter Ariane and ex-wife Ottavia Busia-Bourdain.

The film will also look at the sad truth behind the world traveler food lover’s struggle with his mental health.

Hearing Bourdain's rich voice in the trailer is like a cold-water jolt:

Hearing Bourdain’s rich voice in the trailer is like a cold-water jolt: “You’ll probably figure it out anyway, so here’s a little preemptive truth: There’s no happy ending.”

Behind the camera: Oscar-winning fimmalker Morgan Neville stands behind Roadrunner, aiming to tell the author and food icon's story through the prism of Bourdain himself, along with candid conversations with those closest to him in life

Behind the camera: Oscar-winning fimmalker Morgan Neville stands behind Roadrunner, aiming to tell the author and food icon’s story through the prism of Bourdain himself, along with candid conversations with those closest to him in life

“I know how hard it must have been for him to reach out to someone and say, ‘Hey man, I’m not doing well,'” says David Choe in the trailer.

Tom Vitale, director of Bourdain’s hit series Parts Unknown, added: “He was always rushing to get into the scene. He hurried to leave the stage, to go elsewhere, even though he had nowhere to go.’

A special gut punch for fans comes in a sweet moment of laughter between Bourdain and his best friend, world-renowned Michelin-starred chef Eric Ripert.

“It was almost never about food, it was about Tony learning to be a better person,” says friend and chef David Chang. Trailer Roadrunner follows the late chief journalist Anthony Bourdain

Tom Vitale, director of Bourdain's hit series Parts Unknown, added:

Tom Vitale, director of Bourdain’s hit series Parts Unknown, added: “He was always rushing to get into the scene. He hurried to leave the stage, to go elsewhere, even though he had nowhere to go.’

“You inspire so many people with the show, you have good karma,” Ripert tells him over a picnic table.

“Good karma?” Bourdain replies with a tone of surprise. ‘I think so!’ says the ever-positive Ripert before adding, “Well…” as they both burst out laughing.

Ripert, owner of the famous restaurant Le Bernardin in New York City, is the one who found Bourdain dead in his hotel room in Kaysersberg, France.

Heartbreaking: A special belly punch for fans comes in a sweet moment of laughter between Bourdain and his best friend, world-renowned Michelin-starred chef Eric Ripert

Heartbreaking: A special belly punch for fans comes in a sweet moment of laughter between Bourdain and his best friend, world-renowned Michelin-starred chef Eric Ripert

RIP: Ripert, owner of the famous restaurant Le Bernardin in New York City, is the one who found Bourdain dead in his hotel room in Kaysersberg, France in 2018

RIP: Ripert, owner of the famous restaurant Le Bernardin in New York City, is the one who found Bourdain dead in his hotel room in Kaysersberg, France in 2018

Bourdain, a recovering cocaine and heroin addict, hanged himself while staying at the Le Chambard hotel, where he was filming an upcoming episode of his CNN show Parts Unknown.

Paramedics made an effort to revive Bourdain before he was pronounced dead.

“Anthony was a good friend,” Ripert later told the New York Times. “He was an exceptional person, so inspiring and generous. One of the great storytellers of our time who was associated with so many. I wish him peace. My love and prayers are with his family, friends and loved ones.”

“Anthony was a good friend,” Ripert later told the New York Times. “He was an exceptional person, so inspiring and generous. One of the great storytellers of our time who was associated with so many. I wish him peace. My love and prayers are with his family, friends and loved ones.”

Bourdain rose to fame with his gritty best-selling memoir Kitchen Confidential and became a household name on TV.

The tour operator and author was also very open about his past struggles with heroin and cocaine addiction.

“You get scars, blemishes, you change in the process,” Bourdain says poignantly about travel and no doubt viewers will feel the same after seeing the emotional film.

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain hits theaters on July 16.

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain hits theaters on July 16

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain hits theaters on July 16

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