Netflix's 'Tiger King' has been a successful hit and is even in the works for a Hollywood remake. And while public opinion has been wildly popular and has even convinced the police to reopen a case, an arguable even more important opinion is that of the stars of the documentary. Read to find out how the stars of this successful docuseries responded to watching themselves on screen!
Bhagavan "Doc" Antle Thinks It Isn't A Documentary But A "Salacious, Outrageous Ride...To Create Drama"
In an interview with TMX.news, Antle stated that:
Remember, this is not a documentary. This is a salacious, outrageous ride through a television show produced to create drama, to just tie you in to some crazy train wreck of a story between the feud of Carole Baskin and Joe Exotic, and the meltdown that ensued between two people who both are far too close to murder themselves, and I think a little bit of madness thrown in on their parts.
He also revealed that he never wanted to be on a show that would focus on the battle between Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin.
Jeff Lowe Argues That Any Notion That He And His Wife Stole The Zoo Is "Just Ridiculous"
In a separate interview with TMX.news:
They touched on about 10 percent of the story and, you know, the portrayal of us stealing the zoo from Joe was very unfair because we came here to help him, we got it back on its feet. We left to move away because we didn’t want to be in a zoo in Oklahoma, so the notion that we tried to steal the zoo from him is just ridiculous. But, you know, here we are in a zoo in Oklahoma.
He and his wife also believe that Carole definitely killed her husband. Lauren says:
"We do believe she did kill her husband, but she had help, she had to have help."
John Finlay Is Upset The Documentary Only Showed Him As A "Drugged Out Hillbilly"Photo: 'Tiger King' / Netflix
Finlay told ET that he thinks the documentary made him
look like a drugged-out hillbilly
Finlay also had an exclusive with Variety:
I’ve been six years clean since all that was aired. I was never married to Joe or to my baby’s mama — we’re engaged now. They never showed that because they knew I was engaged at the time. They never showed that tattoo fully done. They never showed what it was like to be around the animals or anything. They just focused on the drama...They never showed that we helped quite a few people with their last, dying wishes to be able to pet a tiger, pet a bear, pet a wolf. That gave me a different outlook on life, why a lot of people do what they do before they go and where I needed to be.
In reference to Carol:
I’m not going to speculate on whether she did it or not because apparently it has been reopened. I don’t speak negative on someone I don’t know.
He apparently got fresh new teeth and covered up his Joe Exotic tattoo. Finlay actually admits that things were "a lot crazier" than how the documentary portray life and adds sympathy for the animals:
When you're around the animals like that and the atmosphere changes, you tend to notice a lot more...There's gonna be a loser in every situation that happens and they were the ones that ultimately lost everything.
Carole Baskin Is Disappointed At The "Salacious And Sensational" Documentary
Carole Baskin has released an entire blog post dedicated to a variety of points, including the treatment of big cats to the claims of "meat grinding" her husband. She defends Big Cat Rescue and denounces what she believes to be misleading lies.
In an article for the Tampa Bay Times, Carol and her husband share they feel "betrayed" by the filmmakers as they claim a lot of the footage was taken out of context. They also report that drones over their home as well as death threats.