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Louis Theroux Reveals The One Documentary Subject He Would Never Touch

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Louis Theroux Reveals The One Documentary Subject He Would Never Touch

Documentary filmmaker and national treasure Louis Theroux released his debut feature film, My Scientology Movie, in the UK last year to wide-spread critical acclaim.

However, the film is only just being released in America and the 46-year-old filmmaker has been taking part in a live Twitter Q&A to promote its release.

As part of the Q&A he gave some pretty interesting answers. For example, when asked if there was "any footage you weren't allowed to use in the film?," he replied "any material relating to Tom Cruise was the most contentious. Lots of conversations with BBC lawyers."

But the most interesting response came when he was asked if there was any subject that he wouldn't film a documentary about.

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"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," he said.

"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."

Which I guess isn't something you can exactly blame him for.

Three New Documentaries Later This Year

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It comes after it was announced he was to appear in three films on BBC Two later this year - 'Murder in Milwaukee', 'Sex Trafficking Houston' and 'Opiate City' - Louis will immerse himself in the 'uniquely devastating challenges' currently facing America.

"I immerse myself in some of the most dysfunctional and disturbing aspects of American society," Theroux told the Independent. "They combine hard-hitting actuality with intimate interviews."

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He added: "I have been granted access to the police in several states; I've got to know the people affected by crime - and I've also spent time with the perpetrators of crime, with the idea of understanding the causes of it, both on a systemic level and also in a very personal way."

We'll get Louis-style access to police activity in a number of America's toughest and impoverished states.

Tensions between police and the African-American community in Milwaukee is at an all-time high, following two police shootings.

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In 'Murder in Milwaukee', Louis, always looking to give us both sides of the story, meets with both the Milwaukee Police Department's homicide division as they patrol District 5 - where the homicide average is over 12 times the national average - and with families and local social activists in the area.

He interviews prostitutes in 'Sex Trafficking Houston' and explores their relationship with pimps and how they function in the sex industry world.

We'll discover just how screwed up the system for sex workers appears to be as Louis meets with law enforcement and the county jail, discovering a criminal justice system conflicted between helping women leave that lifestyle behind while also criminalising them.

The final documentary in Louis' trio was shot on location in Huntington, West Virginia, where one in 10 babies are reportedly born addicted to opiates and the fatal overdose rate is 13 times the national average.

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Addiction to prescription painkillers is a bit of an epidemic in the States but a crackdown on over-subscription has led to a population dependent on opiates, particularly heroin.

BBC Two's Channel Editor, Patrick Holland, said: "This is so exciting. It is always a real event to have a new series from Louis on BBC Two. This trilogy promises to be hugely timely and challenging; it has never been more important to engage with the forces shaping modern America."

We don't know about you, but these films sound brilliant. Louis Theroux strikes again.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: Islamic State, louis theroux, Documentary

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