Hot Ones, Hot Questions - Louis Theroux


01:32. Q1. So one of the unique things about your upcoming interview series is that you're meeting your guests where they are in their life. You know, having a sit-down conversation with champion boxer Anthony Joshua immediately following a fight. As someone with a studio show, I'm curious what do you think is gained by setting the interviews in the natural habitat of your guests? 


03:04. Q2. Without thinking about it too hard, is there a lifestyle or belief system outside of your own that you found yourself being most wooed by when you spent so much time in the belly of it?

04:44. Q3. So I've heard you discuss the influence of being a dual citizen of Britain and the US and the impact that it's had on your work. What superpowers do you think that grants you working on either side of the pond?

06:11 Q4. From where you sit, I'm curious, what's your take on the current landscape of documentaries? Because on one hand there seems to be more made now than ever before, but there is this sort of palpable shift towards you know true crime documentaries or documentaries about celebrities that are produced and commissioned by the celebrity.


08:46. Q5. As someone who clearly sees the value in talking to subjects with viewpoints that are different than your own, what's your take on the growing backlash against platforming certain ideas or people?


11:42. Q6. As someone who's made documentaries for decades, do you find that it's easier to get subjects to comply in this social media age where everything is always about such self-promotion?


13:08. Q7. From undergoing liposuction surgery, to stripping down in your underwear to have whipped cream spread all over you at a polyamorous sensual dinner, what do you think is the most you've ever suffered for your art?


17:22. Q8. What, if anything, did the explosion of your My Money Don't Jiggle Jiggle track, what did it teach you if anything about virility on the internet?


19:55. Q9. Do you have a Mount Rushmore of documentaries -- four films off the top of your head without overthinking it -- that you think are like the best foundational examples of technical excellence in the genre?


22:33. Q10. To close things out, you know as an occupation you've entered all of these worlds some of them unseen, some of them outcasted, some of them weird and bizarre, and then you've been doing it for so long, in this ever-changing time. What do you see as the importance of empathy in an increasingly fractured world?