A new documentary about Anthony Bourdain is missing a person – his girlfriend Asia Argento.
Morgan Neville’s film titled “Roadrunner” focuses on the world-renowned chef who took his life in 2018 at the age of 61 in France. This is the first time many of those closed to Bourdain have discussed his life and death, including his ex-wife Ottavia Busia.
Argento, 45, was with Bourdain before his death. The actress was facing setbacks after his suicide when photos surfaced of her with a journalist friend, which were taken before Bourdain died.
“We debated it for months,” Neville recently told Vulture about the interview with Argento.
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“I just felt that if I crack the door open, I really have to be absolutely sure that it’s what I want,” he explained to the electrical outlet. “Because it would have been painful for a lot of people, honestly, if I had interviewed her. So I just said – and believe me, we talked and talked about it – is this really the wish I want?”
Neville said he struggled to figure out how to handle Argento’s shooting in the film.
“It was just this thing that made me feel like I was sinking into this rabbit hole,” she said, “and it just wasn’t the movie I wanted to make,” Neville said. “I just want to know why he was who he was and felt the balance in the film would have toppled if I had put her in it.”
“Again, we played with edits of trying to go deeper into the story and look at everything she had said,” he continued. “And every time I even screened it for people in longer versions, all I got was people who wanted to go down this rabbit hole with more and more about their relationship in the last year of his life. I felt that I was trying to create a psychological portrait of a person’s life. And I just did not want to be converted by it. So I called. People may disagree. “
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On June 25, which would have been Bourdain’s birthday, Argento took Instagram and shared several photos and videos of the star “Parts Unknown”.
“Celebrating the most extraordinary man I have ever met,” she wrote. “Miss you every day. Cherish every moment we shared in our lives together. I feel your presence and your strength. You shine so brightly in me. I love you my A. Congratulations on your birthday.
Neville previously told The Associated Press that it was difficult to address the final chapter of Bourdain’s life.
“The way I came to think of it is: Tony was an ultimate seeker and a seeker,” Neville told the outlet. “But if you really always seek and are always curious, then you can get lost. He had this tattoo that he got late in life that said in Greek ‘I’m sure of nothing.’ It sounds very Zen, but it’s also a little sad. “
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“If you’re really sure of nothing and always looking for something, it means you leave everything behind in every moment,” he shared. “I think for Tony, that rootlessness ultimately disconnected him from the things he was supposed to be sure of, like the love of people around him.”
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.