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I am genuinely slightly vague and chaotic in my habits. For good or ill, you know.
– Louis Theroux
Some things should remain private.
Sometimes people think I’m sort of a Machiavelli who is thinking, ‘How can I disarm people? I know: I’ll create a persona; I’ll get some spectacles, and when I meet you, I’ll say, ‘How are you doing?’ And I will be very unassuming and polite and never get angry.’
I’ve always enjoyed painting, but I went to teach in schools in Zimbabwe instead.
I was always attracted and repelled by the idea of being a writer.
A lot of money could be saved if we ate urban wildlife.
True believers of Scientology seem to know with utmost certainty that they have found the answer to the deepest riddles of all time – they may or may not be right, but that kind of self-belief is very appealing.
The trouble is, I just don’t know if I’m too human or not human enough.
I just follow the subjects I’m interested in.
When it was time to meet a chimpanzee, I got very, very anxious because they have the strength of ten men, so I hear.
Although my dad’s a writer, we grew up in a telly-watching household. I never found him disparaging about television.
In the past, I’ve tried to show the human side of people involved in stigmatised or misunderstood lifestyles. I’ve tried to resist easy judgments and not pander to prejudices.
You can talk to someone relatively famous, and they say, ‘What do you do? What do you do for a job?’ and I say, ‘I make documentaries for the BBC,’ and you see their eyes just glaze over.
I’m not pugnacious or argumentative. I’d probably feel fear going into a pub in the Outback.
I like eating food after it’s gone off.
I think Donald Trump’s had a pattern of leaping on the bandwagon of anything that he feels will further his candidacy, and if that means sowing more fear and paranoia and playing into a kind of xenophobic populist strain, then that’s what he will do.
When you’re in your 40s, you become more conscious of life being of limited duration and that you need to create memories and go on little adventures from time to time.
I try not to be too judgmental.