Esquire profile: Alex Gibney “is becoming the most important documentarian of our time”

By Jigsaw / April 23, 2010 / 0 comments

“We are a fallen and dark-hearted species, and so Alex Gibney will never want for work. But immersion in some pretty fetid swamps — telling the stories of the spectacular thieves at Enron (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, nominated for an Academy Award), American torturers in the war on terrorism (Taxi to the Dark Side, winner of the Academy Award), and perhaps the biggest crook of the Bush era, Jack Abramoff (the subject of his latest documentary, Casino Jack, out May 7) — has worn on him. He slumps in his chair, a look of exhaustion and deep contemplation on his face. He looks out the window of his office — an old warehouse in Manhattan that he’s converted into Jigsaw Productions — scratches his hairy chin, yawns. Are these people bad guys? Yes, without a doubt. Are they unalterably, irredeemably bad? No, of course not…”

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Esquire profile: Alex Gibney “is becoming the most important documentarian of our time”