Morgan Neville’s Roadrunner: A Movie About Anthony Bourdain dives deep into the enigma that was the globe-trotting chef-raconteur, who died by suicide in 2018. Many members of Bourdain’s internal circle sat for the two-hour movie from Focus Options and CNN Movies (out July 16), which The Hollywood Reporter critic Daniel Fienberg calls “nearer to the middle of a uncooked … wound.”
It raises the query of whether or not an excessive amount of collective blame was placed on Asia Argento, Bourdain’s girlfriend. She emerged as a villain of types within the wake of his suicide for rumored infidelity. In Neville’s movie, a few of Bourdain’s mates nonetheless view her as such, however Argento — a outstanding #MeToo activist who wound up dealing with accusations of sexual misconduct with a minor to whom she reportedly paid a settlement of $380,000 — was by no means approached to be in Roadrunner.
Requested by The Hollywood Reporter why Argento didn’t inform her facet of the story, Neville says, “We thought of each side of Asia’s story however discovered that the extra we opened the door on it, the deeper the complexity and the much less perception the movie had.”
THR reached out to a rep for Argento and has but to listen to again.
This story first appeared within the July 16 challenge of The Hollywood Reporter journal. Click here to subscribe.