11 April, 2020
If you haven’t watched the Netflix docu series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, then you are truly missing one of the wildest rides ever.
This true story taking the Internet by storm follows a rivalry between big cat eccentrics – and then takes a dark turn when Joe Exotic, a controversial private zoo owner from Oklahoma, is caught in a murder-for-hire plot.
To call these people eccentrics is putting it mildly; you’ll never see a cast of characters more ambitious, more diabolical and more legitimately insane than these real-life people. Tiger King is literally the best thing on TV right now.
When The Hollywood Reporter spoke with the series’ directors, Eric Goode, a New York City restaurateur and hotelier turned wildlife conservationist, and documentary filmmaker Rebecca Chaiklin, they talked about their experiences, the backlash (from many of the “eccentrics”) – and most importantly, their larger-than-life star, Exotic, who is currently serving 22 years in prison for ordering a hit on his rival, Carole Baskin who runs a non-profit rescue compound for big cats, as well as a myriad of animal abuse charges.
Case in point, when asked who’d Exotic would want to play him in a movie (because you know somebody somewhere already has something in development), Chaiklin responded, “He would like Brad Pitt or David Spade to play him,” adding, “He doesn’t refer to David Spade as David Spade — he refers to him as Joe Dirt.”
And definitely binge Tiger King as soon as possible!