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John Cameron Mitchell seen as ‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic for the first time

Prepare for extra “Tiger King,” all you cool cats and kittens!

John Cameron Mitchell was seen in character as Joe Exotic for the first time whereas filming the upcoming NBC sequence primarily based on the star of the 2020 Netflix miniseries “Tiger King: Homicide, Mayhem and Insanity.”

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John Cameron Mitchell is seen for the first time as Joe Exotic.
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The “Hedwig and the Offended Inch” star, 58, shot a PDA-filled scene with one in all Exotic’s love pursuits in entrance of a pet store in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday.

Whereas Mitchell’s onscreen lover was not recognized, the restricted sequence stars Sam Keeley and Nat Wolff as Exotic’s former companions John Finlay and Travis Maldonado, respectively.

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Mitchell filmed a kissing scene for the upcoming “Tiger King”-inspired sequence.
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Kate McKinnon will painting Exotic’s nemesis, Carole Baskin, and Kyle MacLachlan is about to play her husband, Howard Baskin.

“Legislation & Order: SVU” star Dean Winters, in the meantime, is about to play Jeff Lowe, the “Tiger King” park proprietor who was lately arrested and hit with a DUI cost.

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Mitchell embraced his co-star.
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The federal authorities raided Lowe’s park, which was previously owned by Exotic, in Might and seized 68 animals from the grounds.

The sequence — which is able to air throughout NBC, Peacock and USA Community — revolves round Exotic, an ex-zookeeper who was sentenced to 22 years in jail for killing 5 tigers and scheming a murder-for-hire plot in opposition to Carole.

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Mitchell is filming in Brisbane, Australia.
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Mitchell beforehand informed Web page Six that he “understands” his character as a result of they’ve some shared historical past.

“I grew up in a variety of the locations he lived in. So, I type of know one thing about him. We’re the very same age inside six weeks,” Mitchell mentioned.

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Mitchell was all smiles on set.
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“While you develop up queer in that surroundings, you hate your self as a result of all people hated you. And his manner of coping with it was to mimic his oppressor. Get a gun and say, ‘I’m extra of a f–king a–gap than you’re. I’ve bought my hand in a tiger’s mouth. My different hand round my three boyfriends.’ So not directly, you do admire this type of pathetic need to outdo his oppressor.”

Mitchell additionally revealed that the function marked his first audition “in about 25 years” and required a mullet wig from Amazon.

Joe Exotic
Exotic is presently serving jail time.

NBC has but to announce the premiere date for the sequence.

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