The filmmaker has always been a fervent critic of Michael Jackson, voicing his support for the Leaving Neverland documentary earlier this year. Now, in a new interview, Theroux has addressed whether or not he might tackle the allegations of abuse against the singer in a project of his own.
“If you can’t see that Michael Jackson was a paedophile after watching [Dan Reed’s] film [Leaving Neverland] you are being wilfully blind. And if you are campaigning against it you are actively colluding in the silencing of victims.”
It doesn’t get clearer than that. When Louis Theroux tweeted this missive back in March, he drew a line in the sand. The documentary maker’s reason for doing so, he later clarified in the Guardian, was because he felt responsible for the rehabilitation of Jimmy Saville’s public image through his own documentaries.
“In a strange sense I suppose I felt I had a little bit of a responsibility,” Theroux explained. “One of the most upsetting things for me is when you go through Twitter and you see the abuse directed at Dan Reed, the director of Leaving Neverland.”
Now, in a new interview on Theroux’s Twitter account to promote the release of his new book Gotta Get Theroux This: My Life and Strange Times in Television, he revisited his comments and addressed whether or not there was scope for him to produce his own project examining the allegations of abuse against the singer.
“I thought Dan Reed, who made Leaving Neverland, did a good job,” Theroux said. “I do think there are other people whose voices need to be heard… maybe I’ll get to do that one day.”
The rest of the interview dealt with lighter subjects. Like the most recent movie Theroux saw. (Judy, the Judy Garland biopic starring Renee Zellweger. He caught an early screening of the film, which has yet to be released in the UK, before he appears on The Graham Norton Show with the star this weekend.)
Theroux also revealed his biscuit of choice and his favourite drink, for anyone who dreams of one day hosting the filmmaker in their home and would like to stock up on his favourites.
So, what biscuit does Theroux like to dunk in a cup of tea, then? He would opt for a chocolate chip cookie, he says, though he added that he is “on record” as favouring a Choco Leibniz – the milk biscuit topped with a very thick layer of milk chocolate – for his number one biscuit choice.
In terms of tipples, Theroux said that he likes “a gin and tonic followed by a red wine” or “tequila if I’m in party mode”. (Theroux in party mode? That’s something we’d love to see. If you’d like to hear him in party mode, download his episode of the Adam Buxton podcast.)
It wouldn’t be a Louis Theroux interview without a completely deranged, out-of-left-field question. Like: Would you rather have nipples for fingers or fingers for nipples?
“Great question,” Theroux responded. “I think I would rather have fingers for nipples. If I had nipples on my fingers they would get too sensitive and you would be stimulated through the day, it would be distracting.”
“Plus, who doesn’t want more digits,” he added. “You could actually pick things up and move around the house with glasses of wine attached to your chest.”
So, now you know.