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Joe Exotic TV series star John Cameron Mitchell enters quarantine in Sydney ahead of filming

Actor John Cameron Mitchell enters mandatory hotel quarantine in Sydney ahead of filming Joe Exotic TV series in Brisbane – and says he felt ‘soiled’ watching the ‘repulsive’ docuseries

The upcoming Peacock limited series, Joe Exotic, is set to begin filming in Brisbane, Australia in two weeks time. 

On Friday, the show’s star – John Cameron Mitchell, who will portray the Tiger King himself – was in mandatory 14-day quarantine in Sydney after arriving Down Under. 

Speaking to The Herald Sun, the actor and director, 58, said that he found the original docuseries a tad outrageous. 

In town: The upcoming Peacock limited series, Joe Exotic, is set to begin filming in Brisbane, Australia in two weeks time. On Friday, the show’s star – John Cameron Mitchell (pictured), who will portray the Tiger King himself – was in mandatory 14-day quarantine in Sydney

‘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. 

Feelings: Despite feeling 'soiled' by the show, John says he understands just how to play the 'brilliant' character of Joe Exotic. Pictured: Joe Exotic

Feelings: Despite feeling ‘soiled’ by the show, John says he understands just how to play the ‘brilliant’ character of Joe Exotic. Pictured: Joe Exotic 

Gets it: 'Here's this guy who is from where I am from... 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' John said

Gets it: ‘Here’s this guy who is from where I am from… 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’ John 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. 

The plot: The series will focus on the Tiger King podcast, which dug deeper into the popular docu-series

Insight: 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 

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

30 Rock star, Dean Winters, 56, will play Jeff Lowe, Exotic’s former partner-turned-enemy Jeff Lowe, who was one of the main characters in the successful Netflix docu-series, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness (2020). 

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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