Louis Theroux: “I Have A Slight Fear Of Intimacy”

Louis Theroux admits that he has a slight fear of intimacy when it comes to other people. The renowed documentarist for the BBC since 1998, winning awards and amazing critically-panned films for the network, was the one man that peers and close families and friends describe as detached and inscrutable.

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Though he does not admit to the latter being true.

But he admits to his fears.

“I think I have a slight fear of intimacy. That’s the thing I would say on that. That explains it, doesn’t it? I have a slight fear of intimacy, and I think, that’s partly why I do the work that I do. It’s a safe form of intimacy in which I’m professionally accountable, but I’m not, in a sense. I mean, obviously, I am personally accountable, but it feels there’s a sort of emotional prophylactic.”

“Who is scrutable? I mean I like the idea of being inscrutable. But… maybe I kept people at arm’s length a little bit. I think of myself as being quite affable, approachable, fairly easy to get to know. I don’t totally recognise the characterisation of inscrutable, but it’s possible I kept people at arm’s length a bit.”

Theroux’s work My Scientology Movie is his first theatrical-release feature-length work for BBC including big-budget cinema features

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