More than four years after the HBO documentary series “The Jinx” detailed several alleged murders by New York real estate heir Robert Durst, transcripts of the documentary’s raw audio reveal that the filmmakers may have heavily edited Durst’s apparent confession to the crimes.
“What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course,” Durst famously says in the series’ stunning conclusion, captured on a hot mic while going to the bathroom.
His full comments were in a different order, according to The New York Times, which reported Wednesday that Durst’s lawyers are planning to devote much of their defense on the documentary’s “manipulations” when Durst goes to trial later this year.
A portion of the documentary footage’s transcripts, submitted as part of the ongoing court case involving Durst’s alleged murder of close friend Susan Berman in 2000, shows that the filmmakers cobbled together Durst’s apparent confession from a much longer sequence of rambling remarks.
At the time “The Jinx” aired in 2015, the filmmakers’ practices came under scrutiny and raised journalistic and ethical questions.
Viewers questioned whether the documentarians ― Andrew Jarecki, Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier ― should have immediately turned over the apparent confession to law enforcement.
In interviews promoting the series, Jarecki revealed that it took “many months” for filmmakers to find the footage, filmed three years before the documentary ultimately aired.
The filmmakers also played around with the timeline of events to create a more compelling narrative arc.
Durst was arrested on the eve of the final episode airing. Law enforcement cited the documentary as having played a role.
In the upcoming trial, Durst’s lawyers are planning to call the filmmakers as witnesses and accuse them of becoming “agents for law enforcement,” according to the Times.
Since the series finale, the filmmakers have been mum about the documentary series, citing their role as potential witnesses in Durst’s legal battle.
HBO stood by the series in a statement Wednesday.
“Andrew Jarecki is an experienced, respected and award-winning filmmaker whose film speaks for itself,” a network spokeswoman said.
This story has been updated with comment from HBO.
Watch: Hoya Takes On The Hip Hop Scene With Naeun And Han Hyun Min In Drama Teasers
SBS’s upcoming hip hop drama has released new teasers!
“Hip Hop King” (literal title) will be a six-episode drama that tells the story of the world of hip hop and the youth who grow through hip hop music. The castincludes Hoya, Cross Gene’s Shin Won Ho, APRIL’s Naeun, and model Han Hyun Min.
The first clip follows a young boy who faces hardships but gradually falls in love with hip hop. It then cuts to the present, and we learn that the boy has grown up to be Hoya’s character.
The second clip shows more of the adolescence of Hoya’s character. He goes through the daily struggles of life but embraces hip hop every step of the way, even rapping in front of his high school class to his impressed classmates, played by Naeun and Han Hyun Min. Together, they navigate the hip hop scene.
Ong Seong Wu And “Hotel Del Luna” Top Lists Of Most Buzzworthy Actors And Dramas
On July 23, Good Data Corporation revealed their rankings of the most buzzworthy dramas and actors. The results are from the company’s analysis of currently airing and upcoming dramas for the fourth week of July.
tvN’s “Hotel Del Luna” topped the list of most buzzworthy dramas for the third consecutive week. Netizens made their guesses about the past relationship between IU and Yeo Jin Goo’s characters Jang Man Wol and Goo Chan Sung, helping the drama maintain its spot on top of the list. IU and Yeo Jin Goo were each pushed down one notch and ranked No. 2 and No. 3 on the list of buzzworthy actors, respectively.
tvN’s “Search: WWW” recorded its highest points for the sixth week in a row with its finale, placing No. 2 on the list of buzzworthy dramas. Lee Da Hee andIm Soo Jung each rose one spot to No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. Jeon Hye Jinranked at No. 6, while Jang Ki Yong placed No. 9.
In third place was JTBC’s “Moments of 18.” The drama’s main lead Ong Seong Wu topped this week’s list of buzzworthy actors with his stable acting as the high school student Choi Joon Woo.
Check out the top 10 TV dramas this week:
- tvN “Hotel Del Luna” – 26.47 percent
- tvN “Search: WWW” – 16.21 percent
- JTBC “Moments of 18” – 11.58 percent
- SBS “Doctor John” – 5.68 percent
- MBC “Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung” – 5.21 percent
- tvN “Designated Survivor: 60 Days” – 4.45 percent
- OCN “Watcher” – 3.62 percent
- KBS “Perfume” – 3.21 percent
- MBC “Partners for Justice 2” – 2.53 percent
- KBS “Mother of Mine” – 2.38 percent
Watch: “Doctor John” Cast Is Detailed And Professional In New Behind-The-Scenes Video
On July 2, SBS uploaded a new behind-the-scenes video of their main cast of the upcoming drama, “Doctor John.”
“Doctor John” stars Ji Sung, Lee Se Young, and Lee Kyu Hyung, and tells the story of doctors who try to uncover the unknown causes of pain that their chronically ill patients experience.
The video begins with Ji Sung, who looks daringly into the camera as he takes his photos as doctor Cha Yo Han. His character is a highly skilled anesthesiologist and pain management doctor. The cast utilizes smog, glass, and water to enhance their shoot, and they are all sure to meticulously monitor their photos.
Next up is Lee Se Young, who plays empathetic resident Kang Si Young. Lee Se Young poses with a lively but warm gaze, and a light smile. Although feeling a little awkward, as it is her first time in a doctor’s lab coat, the actress fits the look perfectly and she is able to overcome any nervousness. Once again proving her professionalism, Lee Se Young consistently discusses the concept of the shoot with the staff.
Lee Kyu Hyung looks fierce and powerful during his shoot as he transforms into fundamental inspector Son Seok Gi. As he smirks into the camera, the actor hilariously takes a break from shooting to comment, “My smile looks so rotten.”
“Doctor John” premieres on July 19 at 10 p.m. KST and will be available on Viki!
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