Asia Argento

The filmmaker behind a new documentary about Anthony Bourdain has defended the decision not to interview the late chef's girlfriend Asia Argento, saying it would have over complicated the film.

Morgan Neville spoke to many people close to Bourdain but not the Italian actress and activist the travel host had been dating for around a year at the time of his suicide in 2018.

Their relationship forms the basis of the last part of the documentary, which suggests that the celebrity chef had become 'addicted' to the Italian actress.

Neville said in an interview with Vulture that trying to figure out how to fit Argento into the film 'made me feel like I was sinking into this rabbit hole of she said, they said, and it just was not the film I wanted to make.' 

The filmmaker behind a new documentary about Anthony Bourdain (right) has defended the decision not to interview the late chef's girlfriend Asia Argento (left), saying it would have overcomplicated the film

The filmmaker behind a new documentary about Anthony Bourdain (right) has defended the decision not to interview the late chef's girlfriend Asia Argento (left), saying it would have overcomplicated the film

Morgan Neville (pictured) spoke to many people close to Bourdain for the film but not the Italian actress and activist whom he had been dating for around a year at the time of his death in 2018

Morgan Neville (pictured) spoke to many people close to Bourdain for the film but not the Italian actress and activist whom he had been dating for around a year at the time of his death in 2018

'She's given interviews. I kind of know what she was going to say. And even as I was putting the story together, as I was trying to make the decision about how to handle it, when I started to put more of that story into the film, it instantly just made people want to ask ten more questions. It became this kind of narrative quicksand of "Oh, but then what about this? And how did this happen?"

'It just became this thing that made me feel like I was sinking into this rabbit hole of she said, they said, and it just was not the film I wanted to make. I just want to know why he was who he was and felt like the balance of the film would have tipped over if I had put her in it,' Neville said.

Argento, the daughter of famed Italian director Dario Argento, was one of the first actresses to come forward with allegations against disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein, who denied the claims.

 

In January, she accused filmmaker Rob Cohen of drugging and sexually assaulting her during the filming of the action movie xXx nearly two decades ago. Cohen, 71, has vehemently denied the claims.

Argento herself became the subject of a sexual assault allegation in August 2018 by fellow actor Jimmy Bennett. 

Bennett claimed the incident happened in May 2013, when he was 17 years old, at a hotel in California.

Although she initially denied the allegation and claimed she had no sexual interactions with Bennett. She later admitted that they did have sex but claims she did not know how old he was at the time.

Bennett has disputed Argento's version of events, and she later reportedly paid him $380,000 in 'hush' money from Bourdain.

Since shortly after Bourdain's death, Argento has been painted by some as a negative figure in his life.

The new documentary notes that paparazzi photos emerged five days before Bourdain's death of Argento embracing a male friend and strolling hand in hand in Rome.

The documentary does not blame Argento for Bourdain's death but some reviewers have suggested the film comes 'dangerously close to exploiting the scenario'. 

Argento has not commented publicly on the film.  

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