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Louis Theroux’s guest role in a 1997 gay porn film has finally resurfaced

Nick Duffy September 19, 2020
Documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux once had a walk-on part in gay porn film

Documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux once had a walk-on part in gay porn film

Documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux once had a walk-on part in gay porn film, the internet has helpfully rediscovered.

The long-serving BBC filmmaker has often touched on LGBT+ issues in his work, from documenting the hateful homophobia of the Westboro Baptist Church to exploring some of the issues facing transgender kids.

But as fans have rediscovered, he took a rather more involved role for his 1998 anthology series Weird Weekends, which featured an episode exploring the US porn industry.

Why Louis Theroux had a cameo in a gay porn film.

The episode saw Theroux hanging out with gay-for-pay porn actor Troy Halston, who explains that he considers himself straight but does gay porn for money.

While hanging out with Halston, the documentary-maker is volunteered for a walk-on role in a ski-themed film, making a cameo as a sheriff on the look-out for an escaped convict.

Louis Theroux in gay porn film Take a Peak
Louis Theroux in gay porn film Take a Peak

He says: “Good evening gentlemen. I’m just out telling everyone they should be on the look-out for an escapee from prison.”

The scene was not just for show, with footage of Theroux apparently making it into a genuine, plot-oriented gay porn film, titled Take a Peak.

While the clip featuring Theroux has helpfully been uploaded to YouTube, the full film also exists online, with a synopsis promising: “Each scene is primed for some rigorous a** f**king and the temperatures are so explosive that it’ll melt anybody coming off the slopes.”

One viewer quipped: “Just imagine someone beating off and all of a sudden, ‘Is that f**king Louis Theroux?!'”

Of the film’s plot, another joked: “I hope they caught him. Sounded like a pretty serious situation. Officer Theroux is a tough as nails cop who doesn’t play by the rules, but he’s just one man.”

Documentary-maker has ‘never watched’ his own porn film.

Theroux previous reminisced over his performance in a 2011 interview with Metro, explaining he was sent a copy of the finished artefact.

He said: “I was living in New York and the film came into my local video store. It was called Take a Peak, and it had a skiing theme… It was most odd.

“They sent me a copy of it but I’ve never watched myself in it. It wasn’t a sex role, I just said a few words.”

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