It’s a bit of an understatement to say Louis Theroux is ‘The Man’, but there are some subjects that are too dangerous even for him to tackle.
While doing a live Q&A on Twitter someone asked the fearless documentary-maker if there was one subject that due to ‘fear or otherwise’ he wouldn’t go near.
Louis responded saying the one topic he’d avoid would be coverage of the so-called Islamic State.
He answered via a video post saying:
I would have been very curious to see what was going on in the Islamic State. I find religious extremism really bizarre, but also fascinating.
But, I think it was mainly fear that prevented me going over there. I’ve seen too much about journalists being taken hostage and being beheaded, so I steered clear of that one.
Louis Theroux has covered all walks of obscure and contentious forms of lifestyle – from the lives of meth addicts and backyard wrestling performers all the way to Neo-Nazi’s, gangsters and the infamous god-fearing-LGBTQ-hating Westbury Baptist Church. But for him to say that even he wouldn’t go near the terrorist group Daesh (ISIS) says a lot.
Theroux has been on a role this last year, releasing his debut documentary film, My Scientology Movie, and is due to pop up on our screens again with three brilliant documentaries looking at alcoholism, brain injury and Jimmy Savile.
He’s currently doing press for the U.S release of My Scientology Movie, during his Q&A he revealed the same Scientologists he was documenting were themselves making a film of him.
While most people would be concerned, Louis insists he is looking forward to it.
Check out the trailer for My Scientology Movie below
He also revealed that ‘any material relating to Tom Cruise’ was the most difficult to work through and involved ‘Lots of conversations with BBC lawyers’.
If you haven’t had a chance to watch My Scientology Movie yet we suggest you do so, it only reiterates how fearless the maverick broadcaster and documentarian really is.