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John Cameron Mitchell reveals why he DIDN’T want to meet Joe Exotic before playing the Tiger King

John Cameron Mitchell reveals why he DIDN’T want to meet Joe Exotic before playing the Tiger King

John Cameron Mitchell reveals why he didn’t want to meet Joe Exotic before playing the Tiger King himself in new TV series – and is thankful the big cats will be CGI because he’s ALLERGIC

The Joe Exotic biopic is set to begin filming in Brisbane, Australia later this month. 

And the star of the upcoming Peacock limited series, actor John Cameron Mitchell, reveals he has not met Joe Exotic – and didn’t want to before he portrayed the Tiger King himself on the big screen. 

‘We’re told not to connect with the real folks. We want to be impartial,’ the 58-year-old told The Courier Mail on Saturday. 

No thanks! The Joe Exotic biopic is set to begin filming in Brisbane, Australia later this month. And the star of the upcoming Peacock limited series, actor John Cameron Mitchell (pictured) reveals he has not met Joe Exotic – and didn’t want to

Complicating matters further is the fact that John is allergic to cats. 

‘I was a bit nervous about the tigers – not because of danger but because I’m allergic to cats. But all animals will be CG. Keeps PETA happy,’ he said. 

John is currently completing mandatory 14-day quarantine in Sydney after arriving Down Under. 

Staying neutral: 'We're told not to connect with the real folks. We want to be impartial,' the 58-year-old told The Courier Mail on Saturday. Pictured: Joe Exotic

Staying neutral: ‘We’re told not to connect with the real folks. We want to be impartial,’ the 58-year-old told The Courier Mail on Saturday. Pictured: Joe Exotic

Speaking to The Herald Sun last week, the actor and director said that he found the original docuseries a tad outrageous. 

‘I had to stop watching it… I felt soiled,’ he told the paper. ”Everyone was just behaving so badly’. 

However he says he understands just how to play the ‘brilliant’ character of Joe Exotic.   

‘Here’s this guy who is from where I am from. I used to live an hour away from his zoo when I was a kid, you know, in Oklahoma,’ he said. 

Meow! Complicating matters further is the fact that John is allergic to cats. 'I was a bit nervous about the tigers – not because of danger but because I'm allergic to cats. But all animals will be CG. Keeps PETA happy,' he said

 Meow! Complicating matters further is the fact that John is allergic to cats. ‘I was a bit nervous about the tigers – not because of danger but because I’m allergic to cats. But all animals will be CG. Keeps PETA happy,’ he said

‘So I know the vibe and I know that certain kind of gay guy… They’re tough and they’re damaged and they’re entertaining and they’re admirable and they’re repulsive,’ he added. 

John says that he sees Joe as having an ‘aggressive victim mentality’ and having ‘built up this tough redneck exterior’ to protect himself from the world. 

The actor will play the mullet-wearing Tiger King alongside SNL star Kate McKinnon, 37, who will portray Carole Baskin, the big cat enthusiast who becomes his rival when she tries to shut down his business. 

Stars: The actor will play the mullet-wearing Tiger King alongside SNL star Kate McKinnon (pictured) who will portray Carole Baskin

Infamous: The big cat enthusiast became Joe's rival when she tried to shut down his business. Pictured: Carole Baskin

Stars: The actor will play the mullet-wearing Tiger King alongside SNL star Kate McKinnon (left)  who will portray Carole Baskin (right) the big cat enthusiast who becomes his rival when she tries to shut down his business

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The cast also includes Dennis Quaid as Joe’s reality show producer Rick Kirkham, Brian Van Holt as zoo manager John Reinke, Nat Wolff plays Joe’s first husband Travis Maldonado, and Sam Keeley as Joe’s second husband John Finlay. 

Joe, a 58-year-old former zoo operator, had owned and operated the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park (1999-2018) in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, known for its big cats, before he became a convicted felon.

In 2019, the Kansas native was found guilty on 17 federal charges of animal abuse and two counts of attempted murder for hire in a plot to kill Baskin, the CEO of Big Cat Rescue. 

The real Exotic: Joe Exotic (born Joseph Allen Schreibvogel) is a former zoo operator who had owned and operated the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park (1999-2018) in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, known for its big cats, before he became a convicted felon

The real Exotic: Joe Exotic (born Joseph Allen Schreibvogel) is a former zoo operator who had owned and operated the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park (1999-2018) in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, known for its big cats, before he became a convicted felon

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