Hedwig’s John Cameron Mitchell plays Joe Exotic on the Australian set of the Peacock series


On Sunday, Hedwig and the Angry Inch’s John Cameron Mitchell was spotted for the first time taking on the titular role of Peacock limited series, Joe Exotic.

The Texan-born 58-year-old rocked a blonde mullet wig, guy-liner, and a natural mustache in order to more authentically portray Joe Maldonado-Passage on the Brisbane, Australian set.

John and another actor playing Joe’s partner between 1986–2001 – Brian Rhyne – were shooting a nineties-era scene of a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of Super Pets.  

The real deal: Joe 'Exotic' Maldonado-Passage's 2018 mugshot

Before the bleach and tattoos! On Sunday, Hedwig and the Angry Inch’s John Cameron Mitchell (L) was spotted for the first time in the titular role of Peacock limited series, Joe Exotic

In real life, Maldonado-Passage (then known as Schreibvogel) bought Pet Safari in Arlington, TX with Rhyne, who died of complications from HIV in 2001.

After cutting the ribbon, Mitchell passionately packed on the PDA with his castmate in the show, which will also stream on NBC and USA Network.

The 58-year-old former roadside zookeeper eventually went on to marry Travis Maldonado (played by Nat Wolff) John Finlay (played by Sam Keeley) in a 2015 throuple wedding ceremony.

Joe Exotic was the Tony-winning triple-threat’s ‘first audition in about 25 years’ and he believes he understands Maldonado-Passage. 

John Cameron Mitchell pictured in full costume

John Cameron Mitchell seen at the SiriusXM Studios on March 13, 2019 in New York City

The Shrill actor added: ‘Get a gun and say, “I’m more of a f***ing a**hole than you are. I’ve got my hand in a tiger’s mouth. My other hand around my three boyfriends.” So in some way, you do admire this kind of pathetic desire to outdo his oppressor’

Action! The Texan-born 58-year-old rocked a blonde mullet wig, guy-liner, and a natural mustache in order to more authentically portray Joe Maldonado-Passage on the Brisbane, Australian set

Action! The Texan-born 58-year-old rocked a blonde mullet wig, guy-liner, and a natural mustache in order to more authentically portray Joe Maldonado-Passage on the Brisbane, Australian set

Couple: John and another actor playing Joe's partner between 1986–2001 - Brian Rhyne - were shooting a nineties-era scene of a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of Super Pets

Couple: John and another actor playing Joe’s partner between 1986–2001 – Brian Rhyne – were shooting a nineties-era scene of a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of Super Pets

RIP: In real life, Maldonado-Passage (then known as Schreibvogel) bought Pet Safari in Arlington, TX with Rhyne, who died of complications from HIV in 2001

RIP: In real life, Maldonado-Passage (then known as Schreibvogel) bought Pet Safari in Arlington, TX with Rhyne, who died of complications from HIV in 2001

After cutting the ribbon, Mitchell passionately packed on the PDA with his castmate in the show,

The Peacock series will also stream on NBC and USA Network

Loved up: After cutting the ribbon, Mitchell passionately packed on the PDA with his castmate in the show, which will also stream on NBC and USA Network

‘I grew up in a lot of the places he lived in. So I kind of know something about him. We’re the exact same age within six weeks,’ John told Page Six in May.

‘When you grow up queer in that environment, you hate yourself because everybody hated you. And his way of dealing with it was to imitate his oppressor.

‘Get a gun and say, “I’m more of a f***ing a**hole than you are. I’ve got my hand in a tiger’s mouth. My other hand around my three boyfriends.” So in some way, you do admire this kind of pathetic desire to outdo his oppressor.’

Mitchell added: ‘I don’t think in life, it’s a very good policy, because you end up just becoming the a**hole that you hated. But a lot of people do it. And so, I understand him without in any way condoning.’  

Widower: The 58-year-old former roadside zookeeper eventually went on to marry Travis Maldonado (played by Nat Wolff) John Finlay (played by Sam Keeley) in a 2015 throuple wedding ceremony

Widower: The 58-year-old former roadside zookeeper eventually went on to marry Travis Maldonado (played by Nat Wolff) John Finlay (played by Sam Keeley) in a 2015 throuple wedding ceremony

Dipped! Joe Exotic was the Tony-winning triple-threat's 'first audition in about 25 years' and he believes he understands Maldonado-Passage

Dipped! Joe Exotic was the Tony-winning triple-threat’s ‘first audition in about 25 years’ and he believes he understands Maldonado-Passage

John told Page Six in May: 'I grew up in a lot of the places he lived in. So I kind of know something about him. We're the exact same age within six weeks'

John told Page Six in May: ‘I grew up in a lot of the places he lived in. So I kind of know something about him. We’re the exact same age within six weeks’

Mitchell continued: 'When you grow up queer in that environment, you hate yourself because everybody hated you. And his way of dealing with it was to imitate his oppressor'

Mitchell continued: ‘When you grow up queer in that environment, you hate yourself because everybody hated you. And his way of dealing with it was to imitate his oppressor’

The Shrill actor is actually allergic to cats and he was relieved when producers decided to make all the animals CGI for Joe Exotic.

Last Thursday, John – who had a mandatory 14-day quarantine in Sydney – shared a BTS Instagram snap of a pierced nipple prosthetic stuck to his dressing room mirror.

Justin Tipping directs the first four episodes of the series based on Robert Moor’s 2020 Wondery podcasts, Joe Exotic and Over My Dead Body.

Kate McKinnon produces and stars as Joe’s nemesis Carole Baskin alongside Dennis Quaid, Kyle MacLachlan, William Fichtner, Brian Van Holt, Dean Winters, Joel Marsh Garland, and Lex Mayson.  

PETA will approve! John is actually allergic to cats and he was relieved when producers decided to make all the animals CGI for Joe Exotic

PETA will approve! John is actually allergic to cats and he was relieved when producers decided to make all the animals CGI for Joe Exotic

What's to come! Last Thursday, Mitchell - who had a mandatory 14-day quarantine in Sydney - shared a BTS Instagram snap of a pierced nipple prosthetic stuck to his dressing room mirror

What’s to come! Last Thursday, Mitchell – who had a mandatory 14-day quarantine in Sydney – shared a BTS Instagram snap of a pierced nipple prosthetic stuck to his dressing room mirror

Source material: Justin Tipping directs the first four episodes of the series based on Robert Moor's 2020 Wondery podcasts, Joe Exotic and Over My Dead Body

Source material: Justin Tipping directs the first four episodes of the series based on Robert Moor’s 2020 Wondery podcasts, Joe Exotic and Over My Dead Body

The 62-year-old Twin Peaks alum – who plays Carole’s third husband Howard Baskin – shared a silly snap on Sunday captioned: ‘Don’t mind me. Just doing a little research preparing for my new role in the series Joe Exotic.’

The gun-toting openly gay polygamist is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence for two counts of murder for hire, eight violations of the Lacey Act, and nine violations of the Endangered Species Act.

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness held the No. 1 spot on Netflix top 10 most streamed list for 25 days straight between March-April 2020 – amassing over 34M viewers. 

The 62-year-old Twin Peaks alum - who plays Carole's third husband Howard Baskin - shared a silly snap on Sunday captioned: 'Don't mind me. Just doing a little research preparing for my new role in the series Joe Exotic'

The 62-year-old Twin Peaks alum – who plays Carole’s third husband Howard Baskin – shared a silly snap on Sunday captioned: ‘Don’t mind me. Just doing a little research preparing for my new role in the series Joe Exotic’

'I'm done with the Carole Baskin saga': The gun-toting openly gay polygamist (pictured in 2020) is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence for two counts of murder for hire, eight violations of the Lacey Act, and nine violations of the Endangered Species Act

‘I’m done with the Carole Baskin saga’: The gun-toting openly gay polygamist (pictured in 2020) is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence for two counts of murder for hire, eight violations of the Lacey Act, and nine violations of the Endangered Species Act

Directing duo Eric Goode & Rebecca Chaikli’s eight-part docuseries truly became a pop culture phenomenon in the age of COVID-19 quarantine and spawned a number of spin-offs.

Speaking of which, on Tuesday, Amazon decided not to move forward with its own eight-episode Tiger King spin-off starring Oscar winner Nicolas Cage as Joe – according to THR.

Producers of the proposed show, based on a 2019 Texas Monthly article, will shop the project around to other networks.

Amassing over 34M viewers! Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness held the No. 1 spot on Netflix top 10 most streamed list for 25 days straight between March-April 2020

Amassing over 34M viewers! Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness held the No. 1 spot on Netflix top 10 most streamed list for 25 days straight between March-April 2020

Here, kitty kitty: Directing duo Eric Goode & Rebecca Chaikli's eight-part docuseries truly became a pop culture phenomenon in the age of COVID-19 quarantine and spawned a number of spin-offs

Here, kitty kitty: Directing duo Eric Goode & Rebecca Chaikli’s eight-part docuseries truly became a pop culture phenomenon in the age of COVID-19 quarantine and spawned a number of spin-offs 

Speaking of which: On Tuesday, Amazon decided not to move forward with its own eight-episode Tiger King spin-off starring Oscar winner Nicolas Cage (pictured Tuesday) as Joe

Speaking of which: On Tuesday, Amazon decided not to move forward with its own eight-episode Tiger King spin-off starring Oscar winner Nicolas Cage (pictured Tuesday) as Joe





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