Ready to roar: ‘Tiger King’ stars tell all about Netflix series
The kind of fame that comes from being on “Tiger King” is nothing more than a pain in the butt, says John Reinke, one of Joe Exotic’s animal handlers.
“It’s like you woke up one morning and suddenly you were famous,” he explains. After the Netflix documentary started airing, fans stopped him on the street, offered their opinions and, occasionally stalked his house. “It was pretty crazy.”
Now, more than a year after the series’ debut, he and others featured are taking their show on the road and letting fans learn more in a no-holds-barred setting called, “Uncaged: The Untold Stories from the cast of ‘Tiger King.’”
The question-and-answer show is one of the only ways for fans to get the true story, according to Joshua Dial, Joe Exotic’s one-time campaign manager and a prominent voice in the series. “I’ve got stories that will curl your hair for free,” he says. “Some of the details are so crazy Netflix wouldn’t air them.”
A hit during the start of the coronavirus pandemic, “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” detailed the life of Joe Exotic, the owner of the G.W. Zoo in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, and his feud with Carole Baskin, the CEO of Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida. Both were big cat owners who questioned the other’s motives.
Because Exotic’s life was more than colorful (including his unofficial three-way same-sex marriage, his run for governor and his theories about Baskin’s late husband), “Tiger King” was a ratings hit, making Exotic and those around him instant celebrities.
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