Documentary filmmakers are very rarely rockstars. You won’t find any Errol Morris, Ken Burns, or Morgan Spurlock tattoos on die-hard fans. Yet, there are exceptions to every rule, and we’ve recently become of one documentarian who does receive the tattoo treatment from his fans — Louis Theroux. Join us now as we examine a series of very unlikely inkings — Louis Theroux tattoos.
Films are for explosions and fast cars, not hard-hitting insights into the real world. We don’t care about a guy eating McDonald’s for a month or dudes in wheelchairs playing a physically taxing sport. If we’re going to watch moving pictures, we want giant robots and fart jokes, damn it.
Yet, we all love Louis Theroux. There’s just something about his mild manner and his quaint British charm that has wormed its way into our hearts. Theroux is a perfect everyman, and watching the world through his eyes is always a welcome detour from our usual fare of kung fu fighting and CGI dinosaurs.
Theroux was born in Singapore in 1970. He moved to England a year later and spent the rest of his childhood there. He studied at Oxford and moved to America in 1992 where he found work as a journalist with the free weekly paper Metro Silicon Valley in San Jose. A few years later, he became a correspondent for Michael Moore’s short-lived television series TV Nation.
His work on the show caught the attention of the BBC, who promptly signed Theroux to a development deal. The resulting series, Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends, saw the young documentarian travel the world to film some of the farthest fringes of society. With a wide variety of subjects such as televangelists, swingers, professional wrestlers, and gangster rappers, Theroux’s disarming personality allowed for people to open up to him (and the viewer) in ways you don’t see in most documentaries. It was clear, there was something special about Theroux.
He followed the series up with When Louis Met…, a series of one-on-one interviews with notable people. Since then he’s been sporadically releasing BBC specials and made a big splash last year with My Scientology Movie, in which he sets his sights on the cultish “religion” with humorous results.
People all over the world have fallen in love with Louis, but it still shocks us that there are Louis Theroux tattoos. Check them out and definitely check out some of his work if you aren’t familiar with it.
The Louis Theroux tattoos are all testaments to just how likable this unassuming little bloke is. Join us next time when we deliver 600 words on the one tattoo we can find of Michael Moore’s dumb, smug face.