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Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016)

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The story behind literary persona JT LeRoy, the fictional writer created by American author Laura Albert.

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Jeff Feuerzeig

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Jeff Feuerzeig
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Cast

Credited cast:
Laura Albert ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Asia Argento ... Herself (archive footage)
Stephen Beachy Stephen Beachy ... Himself (archive sound)
Bruce Benderson Bruce Benderson ... Himself
Bono ... Himself (archive footage)
Arthur Bradford Arthur Bradford ... Himself (archive footage)
Dennis Cooper Dennis Cooper ... Himself
Billy Corgan ... Himself (archive footage)
Panio Gianopoulos Panio Gianopoulos ... Himself
Debbie Harry ... Herself (archive footage)
Mary Karr Mary Karr ... Herself (archive footage)
Geoffrey Knoop Geoffrey Knoop ... Himself (archive footage)
Savannah Knoop ... Herself
Courtney Love ... Herself (archive sound)
David Milch ... Himself (archive footage)
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The story behind literary persona JT LeRoy, the fictional writer created by American author Laura Albert.

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Never judge an author by her cover. See more »


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Rated R for language throughout, sexual content, some drug material and violent images | See all certifications »
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USA

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English | German

Release Date:

29 July 2016 (UK) See more »

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Author: La mentira de JT LeRoy See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,413, 11 September 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$85,622, 23 October 2016
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With Or Without You
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Written by U2 and Bono
Performed by U2
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What is 'real' anyway.
18 May 2018 | by garethcrookSee all my reviews

This wasn't really a big story here, at least I don't remember anything at the time, but in the US, JT LeRoy was a celebrated underground author. Only problem was, he's not real. For a pretty punk tale, this doc is extremely well crafted, lovingly drip feeding the viewer this somewhat tragic and almost poetic and fascinatingly complex story. An intense story of identity, "built brick by dysfunctional brick" with the levels that are reached becoming truly staggering. What is 'real' anyway.


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