Louis Theroux has revealed that if he could have one last conversation with anyone it would be Jimmy Savile, confronting the DJ and sexual predator with one of his victims to make him answer for his crimes.
The documentary maker told The Big Issue there was nothing he could have said during his encounter with Savile that would have made him honest. Savile spent decades presenting prime-time television and radio before hundreds of allegations of sexual abuse emerged after his death in 2011.
Theroux’s time with Savile in the 2000 documentary When Louis Met Jimmy became a source of intrigue for the filmmaker, who said he liked Savile at the time but was “haunted” by their time together.
“There’s nothing I could have said then that would have made him be honest about anything,” Theroux said. “He was obviously a pathological liar as well as a sexual predator. He was so wrapped up in his pathology, so wrapped up in his predatory characteristics, it would be almost impossible to communicate with him meaningfully about any of it.”
Given the chance again, Theroux said he would take along Kat Ward, one of Savile’s victims, who said Theroux had been “hoodwinked” by Savile.
Speaking to The Big Issue for his Letter to My Younger Self, Theroux said he would want Ward to drive the conversation, to try and break past Savile’s deception.