This raises the question of whether too much collective blame has been placed on Asia Argento, Bourdain’s girlfriend. She has emerged as some sort of villain following her suicide for alleged infidelity. In Neville’s film, some of Bourdain’s friends still see her as such, but Argento – a prominent #MeToo activist who ended up facing charges of sexual misconduct with a minor she allegedly paid a settlement of 380,000 to. $ – was never approached to be in Roadrunner.
Ask by Hollywood journalist why Argento didn’t tell his side of the story, Neville says, “We’ve looked at every aspect of Asian history, but we’ve found that the more we open the door, the deeper the complexity and the less insight the film had. “
THR has contacted an Argento representative and has yet to hear back.
This story first appeared in the July 16 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.