He rose to fame in 2020 as one of the eccentric stars of the six-part Netflix series Tiger King: Murder, Madness and Mayhem.
But in a new interview, Louis Theroux, 50, takes a closer look at the ‘chaotic’ unseen footage of Joe Exotic, 58, captured in 2011 while the documentary maker was filming America’s Most Dangerous Pets.
The British TV personality admitted that at the end of their third meeting, Joe Exotic ripped off his microphone and ‘got into a tantrum’, screaming, ‘F *** you, f *** Carole Baskin, f *** PETA! ‘
Throwback: Louis Theroux, 50, has gone into detail on the ‘chaotic’ unseen footage of Joe Exotic, 58, captured in 2011 during the filming of America’s Most Dangerous Pets
The zoo’s owner, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, found worldwide fame when he starred in a Netflix documentary, but he is now in prison.
Joe, the former owner of the GW Exotic Animal Park, is serving a 22-year sentence after being convicted in 2019 on 17 federal charges of animal cruelty and an attempted contract murder of Baskin, owner of the Big Cat. shrine.
Famous Louis Radio times that he had forgotten how much they filmed during his three visits to Joe Exotic at his Oklahoma zoo in 2011.
He said, ‘It just felt chaotic and extraordinary. [Exotic’s] The feud with Carole Baskin was very much going on at the time, so I interviewed him about it and spoke to his husband and their friend.
Outburst: The British TV personality admitted that at the end of their third meeting, Joe Exotic ripped off his microphone and ‘had a tantrum’, screaming, ‘F *** you, f *** Carole Baskin, f *** PETA! ‘
Behind Bars: Joe was arrested in September 2018 and later convicted on 17 federal allegations of animal cruelty and two attempted murder for hire in his plot to kill Carole Baskin
And in the end, although he was a significant presence in that film, very little of that material was reflected in the completed program.
The filmmaker revealed that during his third and final visit to the Tiger King star in 2011, after pushing issues that “ screwed up ” Joe Exotic, the two got into a showdown.
Louis remembered Joe “lifting his microphone and shouting,” F *** you. F *** Carole Baskin. F *** Tippi Hedren. F *** PETA. Yes, my animals are happy. Yes, I “I’m going to continue breeding.” He had a tantrum. ‘
But looking back at the previously invisible images of the hostile moment, the documentary maker was ‘struck’ by his apparent need to give Joe emotional reassurance.
Louis admitted, “I felt protective of him and I didn’t like that I had upset him. It’s weird. But that’s actually a big part of how he functioned, and now he’s done it on a global scale. ‘
Hostile: The filmmaker revealed that during his third visit to the Tiger King star in 2011, after pushing issues that “ screwed up ” Joe Exotic, the two got into a confrontation.
Beaten! But reviewing the previously invisible footage of the hostile moment, the documentary maker was “struck” by his apparent need to give Joe emotional reassurance.
Louis also revealed that he hasn’t actually spoken to Joe again for his upcoming BBC Two documentary about the Tiger King star.
The filmmaker explained, “He sent a letter mentioning me through someone else asking for my help. I think there were a few emails going back and forth, and then that line of communication was shut down. ‘
After visiting Carole Baskin for his upcoming documentary, Louis admitted that the different ways the rival Big Cat zoo owners interact with social media roles and how they express their struggles would have given them both very different fanbases.
Out now: The full interview with Louis Theroux is available in the latest edition of Radio Times
Louis explained that what he finds “extraordinary” about Carole is that she cannot be tainted by trolls, which, as he said, “can paradoxically have the effect of feeding her.”
He added that because she doesn’t seem to show pain, it might be harder for viewers to empathize with her.
Louis continued, “While Joe is clearly the opposite. He carries his pain very clearly. He specializes in exploiting his own fear of social influence. ‘
Louis previously thought about his first encounter with the world of Joe Exotic, saying that the characters involved in the story are “ bigger than life. ”
Of his new documentary, Louis said in a statement earlier, “This is one of those quintessentially American stories set in the heart of Oklahoma, with a cast of characters almost too colorful and life-size to believe.
Throwback: Louis previously revealed that even while filming America’s Most Dangerous Pets in 2011, Joe was obsessed with Carole
Behind Bars: Louis also revealed that he hasn’t actually spoken to Joe again for his upcoming BBC Two documentary about the Tiger King star (pictured in August 2013)
‘I filmed in the park for eight or nine days in 2011, divided over three separate visits. I forgot how much we shot until I went back to the footage during the shutdown.
‘It is extraordinary how much there was. Since then, the story has only gotten weirder and bigger, and when I returned late last year, I discovered a realistic drama that took me in directions I could never have expected. ‘
The project has yet to receive a confirmed air date on BBC Two.
The full interview with Louis Theroux is available in the latest edition of Radio Times.
Extraordinary: Louis explained that what he finds ‘extraordinary’ about Carole is her ability to be unaffected by trolls, which, as he said, ‘can paradoxically have the effect of feeding it’