HOLLYWOOD – Following the massive success of his HBO documentary The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, director Andrew Jarecki’s beard has come under sustained attack for being ‘weird.’
It was the documentary hit of the season with HBO’s The Jinx becoming one of the cultural events of the year and potentially bringing a murderer to justice as well. But director Andrew Jarecki has found himself under persistent attack for sporting what the New York Times called ‘an irresponsible goatee.’ The Washington Post wrote an op-ed following the arrest of Robert Durst, which praised Jarecki’s film but questioned ‘the moral choices involved in growing a hair strip, from upper lip to chin, but then kind of hollowing out the sides. The pubic appendage seriously undermines Mr. Jarecki’s credibility.’
Fellow documentarian Errol Morris leaped to Jarecki’s defence:
When I made The Thin Blue Line everyone was on at me because it was the ‘in’ thing to grow a mustache. I spoke to Werner Herzog about it and he told me that I should remain clean shaven. He said that I had the complexion of a twelve year old girl and a mustache would just look wrong. I listened to him and I’ve never looked back. But Jarecki is his own man and he is the one that at the end of the day has to look in the mirror and say to himself, ‘I like my beard’. If he can do that, who am I to nay-say him?
Werner Herzog also defended Jarecki’s chin warmer, claiming
Jarecki is more than a chronicler of our times. His face must confront the banality of evil and he has decided that the face will be equipped with a kind of guard which if you look at it carefully looks a little like a police badge.
The Jinx 2: The Life and Deaths of Amanda Knox will be released in 2016.