By MARCO ROMANDINI – WIRED Magazine
Rocco Castoro of Vice explains that the film about the life of the entrepreneur was produced without his ok to use the images he had shot. Yet another catch in a story, that of McAfee, full of intrigues, dark points and many ellipses
When Wired asked me to write a comment on the upcoming Netflix documentary about the life of John McAfee , the entrepreneur who created the antivirus of the same name and did much more, Running with the Devil , I went googling a bit and I found that it was mostly based on John’s flight from Belize. So I contacted a mutual friend who was there at the time, asking him if he had ever met this Charlie Russell , the director of the film, and he replied that he had never heard of him or seen him on the island. In short, Russell, according to the source, had never filmed John nor had he ever met him in person.
With these little reassuring premises I started to see the work of Curious Films and I discovered that it was based almost exclusively on the shooting of Robert King and on the interviews of Rocco Castoro of Vice during the escape . Basically I realized that it was the famous (notorious?) Documentary that Vice had never wanted to publish. The director has only added a few interviews here and there: the ex-girlfriend at the time, the self-styled 18-year-old Samantha , his wife Janice , a cousin and a ghostwriter who was supposed to write his story, which I’ll talk about later.