‘Am I crazy?’: Louis Theroux reacts to trailer for Tiger King-inspired series

A dramatised version of the ‘Tiger King’ rivalry is on the way

Nicole Vassell
Friday 04 February 2022 12:06 GMT
JOE vs CAROLE | Official Trailer | Peacock Original

Louis Theroux has weighed in on the trailer for Joe vs Carole, the Tiger King-inspired limited series.

Many viewers worldwide first learned of Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin in the Netflix documentary series from 2020, which was one of the platforms most popular shows of the year.

However, in 2011, Exotic also featured in Theroux's BBC documentary America's Most Dangerous Pets, as well as the follow-up film Louis Theroux: Shooting Joe Exotic in 2021.

Starring Kate McKinnon and John Cameron Mitchell as the warring zoo owners, Joe vs Carole will provide a dramatic retelling of the rivalry between the big cat enthusiasts, resulting in a foiled murder plot and Exotic’s eventual incarceration.

The trailer has now been released, and Theroux, having had personal contact with the story, is a significant figure who has reacted to it publicly.

"Am I crazy or does this kind of look pretty good?" he wrote in a Tweet, attaching a link to watch the trailer.

Watch the trailer below:


Mitchell, who plays Exotic, can be seen in the trailer hosting shows at his big cat sanctuary and taunting his rival by shooting at a blow-up doll of her.

Elsewhere in the clip, Carole, played by SNL star McKinnon, along with husband Howard Baskin (Kyle McLachlan), are seen shopping for guns “to stop a hitman in his tracks”.

John Cameron Mitchell as Joe Exotic in ‘Joe vs Carole' (Mark Taylor/Peacock)

In reality, Exotic, also known as Joe Maldonado Passage, was recently resentenced to 21 years in prison for his role in the plot to kill Baskin.

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He has been behind bars since 2020 after being convicted of hiring hitmen to kill her. However, Exotic has always maintained his innocence.

After being diagnosed with prostate cancer last year, he claimed in court that he didn’t want to “die in prison, waiting for a chance to be free”.

Joe Vs Carole will be released on March 4 on Peacock, exclusively on Sky and NOW.

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