Louis Theroux has never been afraid to approach issues of deepest social discomfort, from spending time with neo-nazis to spending time in prison with serious convicts and, recently in his new series, experiencing how it was for the parents of autistic children. That came in the last of his current run of documentaries, his latest 'Twilight Of The Porn Stars' was shown on UK channel Bbc2.
The porn industry isn't one unknown to Theroux, way back in 1997 he filmed a documentary as part of his 'Weird Weekends' series. Back then the industry was in rude health, but like the movie industry in general, and the music business too, the evolution of the internet has severely damaged sales of films, with many content now available for free.
The UK's Daily Telegraph commented on the documentary that "Fifteen years on he didn't seem quite so keen to brush over moral ambiguities for the sake of a joke" as he had done on his previous documentary on the subject, pointing out his own evolution as a presenter. The Guardian meanwhile agrees that Theroux has come serious over time, saying "The only levity comes from this one director called Rob Black. He's actually seedy as hell, a nasty piece of work in many ways. But at least he's a colourful character, and he very nearly makes Theroux laugh at one point."