Both Netflix and Hulu launched competing documentaries about the infamously disastrous Fyre Festival earlier this year and while Hulu thought they had it in the bag with the exclusive interview with organiser Billy McFarland, it was Netflix’s version that easily won the battle in terms of buzz and critical acclaim.
Part of the reason for that is the Netflix doco included many memorable moments, with perhaps the most outrageously amusing one being event producer Andy King who admitted he was asked by McFarland to perform oral sex on a customs official in order to secure a large quantity of Evian water for the festival. King was shocked by the request but was prepared to do so, even though ultimately he didn’t have to go through with it.
King’s comments quickly became an online meme and made the businessman famous overnight. But recently he revealed to TMZ (via Slashfilm) that he originally begged the filmmakers to cut the scene out of the film entirely:
“I went to them and said, ‘Listen, I just talked with my lawyers and some of my creative team and they said, ‘Andy, you got to pull that thing. That can not go into this documentary.’ And when I sat with the director, he said, ‘Andy, you don’t understand: Without that scene, there isn’t a documentary.’ I said, ‘Oh come on, there’s no way.’ They said, ‘Trust me.’ And that is an integral part, as you know, of the documentary itself.”
Now that it’s out there though, King is reportedly fine with the revelation being in there and is actually enjoying the reaction that happened:
“I probably wouldn’t be where I am today if it had been taken out. I mean how I’ve become this social media hero over a situation like that, I’m in total shock. But I’m riding with it, it’s a lot of fun. TV offers to cameos in movies…I’m shooting a movie in March, we’re working on a few different TV show concepts right now. I have three offers for those, it’s incredible.”
You can see the clip below. The film is now playing everywhere on Netflix.