Tiger king Star Joseph Maldonado-Passage (often known as Joe Unique) is such an eccentric and grandiose persona that many viewers of the Netflix crime crime documentary can not consider he has by no means appeared on tv earlier than. Nonetheless, many British viewers of the doc can acknowledge Joe from a tv documentary made by journalist Louis Theroux.
In 2011 Joe starred Louis Theroux: America's Most Harmful Pets, which noticed Theroux (the cousin of American actor Justin Theroux) touring the most important non-public collections of tigers and chimpanzees in america, which, after all, led him to Joe and his dozens of massive cats.
For viewers within the UK and Australia, this documentary is simple to look at. BBC launched it as a part of their iPlayer assortment, whereas on Netflix within the UK it’s Episode 14 of Streamer & # 39; s Louis Theroux assortment, the place it has been renamed "Watch out for the tiger". In the meantime, in Australia, the episode airs on Stan.
In america, Theroux's work is tougher to search out. Though a few of his documentaries seem on Britbox, Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, "America's Most Harmful Pets" shouldn’t be amongst them.
Nonetheless, you possibly can see the highlights of that documentary on YouTube, shared by Theroux himself on Twitter after Joe was sentenced to 22 years in jail in January. On this clip, Theroux asks Joe what he would do if the documentary filmmaker had been mutilated by a lion.
Joe replies, "If he had been to catch you, he wouldn't kill you and eat you immediately. He’ll torment you. In case you needed to go in there and I attempted to get you out, he can be on high of him." You’re masking your self since you are theirs. I'd simply shoot you, I'd be extra human […] as a result of I'm not going to get you again. "
On this documentary, we see among the conflicts between Joe and Folks for Moral Therapy of Animals (PETA) and different animal rights teams which can be additionally featured on Tiger king. In a single section, for instance, a PETA activist calls Joe's zoo a "scammer" after Joe claims he has rescued the animals housed in his park. As one of many causes Joe lastly went to jail was as a result of he shot and killed 5 tigers, this has a mysterious resonance in 2020.
Tiger king is now streaming on Netflix.