The most intense moments in Louis Theroux's documentaries so far
Louis Theroux is everyone's favourite journalist—not just for his fantastic curiosity but also for the blunt, gentle charisma that HAS gained him a large, loyal following.
Louis has gone above and beyond to produce some fantastic content for his fans on topics that many would be too scared to brush over. Here are five of the most intense and interesting candids that Louis managed to catch on camera:
1. Louis and the Nazis
Louis was put under fire by a group of self-admitted racists when he refused out of his own conscience to tell the group if he was a Jew or not. The scene outlines a drunk neo-Nazi demanding to 'turn the camera off for a second' before becoming extremely hostile. The scene is chilling for many, instilling in us the reality that people like this do exist.
2. The most hated family in America
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This scene discusses one of the children who were estranged from the Westboro Baptist Church, a cult-like church that holds extremist anti-LGBT views. The scene shows the parents acting indifferent against the fact that they will never see their children again and even go as far as to say that they are 'unburdened' because of it. Cults in modern society are very real and prevalent, which is a scary thing to think about, with normal families often falling victim.
Former member Lauren Drain now is a personal trainer, nurse and wife. Her father, still a member of the church, said: “So you go live your life, and I’ll live mine. It’s so shocking to people that I wouldn’t unconditionally accept my daughter for whatever she does. It was an unburdening. It was just a stifling burden for her and for us. She didn’t want to live this kind of life, and we did. I wasn’t trying to be cruel about it.”
3. My Scientology Movie
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This one struck a chord with a lot of people due to its' connection with celebrity culture. Louis discovered during his documentary journey that the church had sent some people out to film him too and make a documentary about Louis Theroux. Louis really had to put his skills to the test to get any information out of these people as they were so secretive and inclusive. The church is rude and does not want to co-operate, and it really brings into question how easily people can be brainwashed into a cult. Clearly, it isn't difficult.
4. Under the Knife
The scene where Laura, the girl with the $2k/day assistant, invites her (clearly no-good) ex-boyfriend around to see her post-surgery was heartbreaking to watch. She seemed very unhappy with herself to the point where she would change how she looked, all for a man who most likely didn't love her for her. When Louis asked, "is this a new and improved Laura?", Laura is seen shaking her head as the man says "oh yes, absolutely". It really shows that money can't buy happiness.
5. When Louis met Jimmy
This one is a truly unnerving documentary. A dark look into the other side of the overwhelmingly powerful and famous, charming old man. To pick one scene that is the most disturbing is a difficult job; just look at all the accounts from his victims. One scene sat with many for days after watching, this scene is where Jimmy is caught on camera without the jaunty TV personality that everyone knew. Jimmy discusses beating up people and locking them up in basements when he worked for a nightclub, and this truly was like watching a psychopath stripped down.