A look inside the mysterious case of 16-year-old literary sensation JT LeRoy-a creature so perfect for his time that if he didn't exist, someone would have had to invent him. The strangest story about a story ever told.
A further experiment into the manipulation and psychosis of a pathological liar and fame-whore. The other documentary , "the cult of Jt leroy " tells the story honestly and with less BS . if you like case history's of nut cases who play the victim...you will like this version.
I am one of the many people who never heard of JT LeRoy or Laura Albert, but I am not an avid reader. I was intrigued by the trailer, and that's why I watched it. It was an amazing story about Laura Albert, a writer who suffers an horrific childhood and forms (or claims to) multiple personalities. She starts out seeking help and claiming she is a teenage boy turning tricks and having AIDS when she contacts a child psychiatrist, who urges her to write her thoughts down. She possesses several names and a pen name, which confuses everyone. Embarrassed about her own. overweight appearance, Albert solicits her sister-in-law to masquerade as her pen name of JT Leroy persona - a young boy wearing a wig and sunglasses, and thus begins the web of lies. As her popularity increases and she gains readers and a huge celebrity following, the masquerade continues, and her sister-in-law is enjoying her new role, and takes on her own personality. Finally, people begin to question who is JT LeRoy and who is the real writer of those brilliant books. Albert is the narrator of her story, and I found it believable, but it has left some people doubtful about her authenticity. Great story.
but I was glad I kept watching. It is basically a fiction writer, who creates a character, who writes her books of fiction. Then when the books take off, the fictional writer has to "show up", so they basically have a real person, "act as the writer". I had never heard of the writer, or the books, or the scandal, so I have no idea who was actually hurt by this and how. I saw another review that mentions that people were really hurt by this, so I may have to investigate. But if you loved the book of fiction, then it shouldn't matter who wrote it. At least in my opinion.
A great, complex story about a writer with a pen person. It was the picture of a seven-person orgy with all the bodies wound round one another. And as you look, you lose track of of which parts go with whose head.
I am on the fence about all this. At first, I hated it -- absolutely resented the theme of dishonesty and was ready to turn it off. After a while, it became quite compelling. No matter what the intent behind it all, I finally melted into the story, people and situations. I think I'll be thinking about this for quite a while. I'll probably be watching this again, and recommend it to friends.
Really well made documentary. It's interesting the way so called edgy celebrities just loved the persona of JT. Like she says, the books are listed as fiction. Not a single one of those celebrities would have given a 40 year old mother the time of day let alone read her books. I find THEM the real creeps. She wrote books they claimed to enjoy but they just want to be part of cult following. Strange that they only liked the image of a teenage boy prostitute who'd been raped. Since when is that considered cool?