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Louis Theroux wants to make a film about 'metaphorical prisoner' Melania Trump

The British filmmaker has asked whether the First Lady of the United States just thought 'she was marrying a billionaire'

British filmmaker Louis Theroux. Getty 
British filmmaker Louis Theroux. Getty 

Louis Theroux has revealed that he would like to make a documentary about Melania Trump, describing the First Lady of the United States as “a metaphorical prisoner”.

In an interview with Press Association, the British filmmaker said: “You would sort of film with her in this kind of gilded cage that she inhabits.

“There’s something of, ‘could she have known what she was signing on for?’ Did she just think she was marrying a billionaire, who she thought was perhaps quite funny, and interesting?

“Maybe not physically attractive, but that he could provide her with a certain lifestyle, introduce her to a world that was interesting?”

Theroux, whose latest documentary, Mothers on the Edge, is a look inside two psychiatric units for mothers with serious mental health problems, added: “And then now, [Melania] is a prisoner of – I mean, I’m speaking hypothetically because we don’t really know, do we – but she’s a metaphorical prisoner of that lifestyle.”

Theroux also said that he would be interested in making a film about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. “He’s in custody, presumably, and not doing interviews,” he said. “He’s not a big personality, from [the] little bits I’ve seen. He’s very deliberative in the way he speaks, and thoughtful.”

Speaking of his peer in documentary filmmaking, Good Morning Britain’s Piers Morgan, Theroux admitted that he appreciated his style.

“I’ve always thought he was pretty good, actually,” he said. “What he’s got, that I like, is he’s not afraid to bring the fight, you know? I mean, I think in other words, he’ll call [expletive]. So, I enjoy that.

“Piers works with someone I used to work with, and he’s done some crime stories and prison stories in America, serial killers, and I always quite enjoy them.”

Updated: May 7, 2019 11:31 AM

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