‘Tiger King’: Carole Baskin Isn’t the Only One Joe Exotic Threatened, According to Louis Theroux

by Jeremy Spirogis
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The sordid story of “Joe Exotic” as portrayed within the hit Netflix docuseries, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness, retains getting weirder (if that’s even potential). The seven-part collection showcased Oklahoma unique zookeeper, Joseph Maldonado-Passage (born Joseph Schreibvogel), who refers to himself because the “Tiger King,” as a result of he guidelines over his kingdom of huge cats.

It’s unimaginable to sum up the synopsis of Tiger King with out alluding the truth that Exotic is now serving a 22-year sentence. It all stems from a murder-for-hire plot in opposition to a longtime rival, Carole Baskin, plus a number of wildlife violations. Exotic threatened somebody lengthy earlier than Baskin. Here’s what we all know.

Who is Louis Theroux?

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Singapore-born Louis Theroux — and cousin of actor Justin Theroux — is an award-winning documentarian who’s been the face of British documentary movies for over 25 years. His trajectory started in 1994 as a correspondent for Michael Moore’s satirical NBC information present TV Nation. He’s lined all the pieces from Nazis to UFO investigators.

In his 2019 memoir, Gotta Get Theroux This, Theroux admitted the highlight isn’t straightforward.

“I’ve made it my habit to be slightly invisible in my programs. Although I’m on camera, I don’t really give that much of myself. I think that’s what’s needed, because of the nature of the programs. I’m a straight man in a world that is somewhat weird, mysterious, dangerous or just emotionally charged in one way or another,” he stated.

Some viewers of Tiger King would possibly already be aware of Exotic’s eccentric persona. He as soon as appeared on Louis Theroux: America’s Most Dangerous Pets. The reminiscence of it, nonetheless, just isn’t precisely a pleasing one, in line with Theroux.

Here’s what Exotic stated to Theroux

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In 2011, Theroux toured the G.W. Zoo, owned and operated by Exotic for an episode of his documentary on the time, Louis Theroux: America’s Most Dangerous Pets. Theroux toured Exotics non-public assortment of huge cats and chimpanzees.

The present’s synopsis learn:

“Travelling to America’s heartlands, Louis Theroux spends time with an Oklahoma man who has bred and collected over 150 tigers, visits the woman who privately owns one of America’s largest collections of chimpanzees, and finds himself in uncomfortably close contact with a number of big cats and dangerous primates.”

While it might’ve been an atypical go to (is there such a factor with Exotic?), one dialog between Theroux and Exotic eerily mirrors that of Exotic’s feedback about Baskin.

In one wild clip, Exotic tells Theroux what would occur if Theroux acquired within the cage with the tigers.

“If he was to get you and not kill you and eat you right away, he’s going to torment you. So, if you were to get in there and I was out here trying to get you out he would be on top of you covering you up. I’d just shoot you, it would be more humane,” he stated.

“You would shoot me? In the head?” Theroux replied. Exotic responded with, “yeah.”

The dialog might have felt uncomfortable on the time, however contemplating Exotic’s alleged murder-for-hire plot in opposition to Baskin — during which he’s in jail for — the clip takes on an entire new which means.

How does Exotic really feel in regards to the docuseries?

With Tiger King doing so properly, how does Exotic really feel about the best way he’s been portrayed? Co-directors Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin advised LadBible he’s proud of the top result.

“He has lived his entire life just to be famous and so to finally realise this fame is just… He’s tickled pink,” Goode stated. “Even though he’s behind bars it’s really interesting to see Joe’s response – it’s incredible and very surprising. He’s absolutely thrilled.”

The director revealed he wasn’t precisely Exptic’s largest fan, including he had “mixed feelings” as a result of [Exotic] did “horrific things.”

“He was one of those people that would try to tell you what you wanted to hear,” Goode stated. “He’s very manipulative – and smart in many ways – but in the end, you know all of these people, including Carole, created their own little world within a world. Most of them are living outside of mainstream America.”

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness is on the market on Netflix now.

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