One of the reasons Louis Theroux is a great journalist and documentary maker is because there's an innocence about him that catches people off-guard. He's an empathetic, sympathetic, compassionate guy who just comes off more as a normal person than a journalist or TV presenter.

That, to some extent, is where he sort of took a wrong step with his original documentary about Jimmy Savile, but to be fair, nobody could have predicted the true horrors that lurked beneath the surface of that man's bizarre eccentricities.

But Louis' knack for getting people to accidentally reveal their true selves to him is why many have been hoping he'll make a film about Donald Trump. Especially after he replied to Trump's bizarre self-description as 'a very stable genius'.

He's right. And we think he'd do it really well. Because whether he's poking his nose into the weird world of UFO hunters, the porn industry or swingers, or exploring more serious subjects such as gun crime in America and eating disorders, Louis is somehow able to get people to drop their guard and talk to him honestly about, well, everything.

So it would be utterly amazing if he were able to penetrate both the inner circle and mind of Donald Trump, because there's bound to be plenty of fascinating revelations to be had.

Beyond teasing that perfect title, Louis has admitted it's a tempting proposition. In an interview with The Guardian, he said: "Trump saw through so much. For all his awfulness, I can't but help admire his shamelessness, in an odd way.

"Or maybe not admire, but be fascinated by it and maybe envy it. In a shame culture he seems to have figured out that if you refuse to be shamed, it gives you enormous power."

Perhaps more importantly - and unlike many people who still seem shocked and surprised by what happened at the last US election - Louis seemed to predict how it would go.

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Credit: PA

"I think there's a feeling of almost, you know, a grassroots feeling of being betrayed by the elites in some way in the sense that the system is working for itself and not for the people at the bottom," he told ABC News.

"I think the same thing is behind Trump. A lot of people feel let down by the whole Republican and Democrat political system and they see Trump - for all his flaws - as a breath of fresh air.

"I think he could win, he could win because there are Trump supporters out there that aren't even revealing themselves as such. For me, that's a scary prospect because, for me, I'd think he'd be a disastrous president."

Naturally, Twitter went into hyperdrive after Louis revealed his potential title for the Trump documentary, with many people willing him to get on with it and make it already, with some pretty inspired GIFs:

There was also one idea for a follow-up:

So come on, Louis. That's two more documentaries you could make. Do it for the good of the people.

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Mischa Pearlman

Mischa is a freelance journalist usually based in either New York or London. He has written for Kerrang!, Record Collector, NME, the New York Observer and FLOOD magazine, among others. Contact him at [email protected]

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