Netflix dives deep into the mind of Microsoft’s visionary co-founder.

“What is your worst fear?” 

“I don’t want my brain to stop working.” 2019 has been the year of many things… Keanu Reeves, total MCU triumph and what we’re here to discuss, the documentary. Of course, non-fiction filmmaking has always been popular, but in recent memory, the public’s demand for more and more docs has been considerable.  

In 2019, we have seen so many interesting pieces of work emerge, with streaming services doing their best to deliver more and more to binge. They’ve had their hits and misfires so far this year, but one we’re anticipating to be a must-see effort is Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates. We arguably search for documentaries in order to learn, rather than merely be entertained – although that’s obviously important too. 

We all take an interest in exploring the mind, and this one undoubtedly belongs to a genius. 

Microsoft principle founder Bill Gates participates in a discussion during a luncheon of the Economic Club of Washington June 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Gates discussed various topics…

Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates

Netflix recently unveiled the trailer for their forthcoming documentary series on the one-and-only Bill Gates. 

The 63-year-old is many things: an American business magnate, author, philanthropist, humanitarian and investor. However, we all know him foremostly as the founder of Microsoft Corporation – he has held many positions there over the years and is positively synonymous with the brand.

According to Wikipedia, he launched the company in 1975 with co-founder Paul Allen and has since carved a near unparalleled legacy in the realm of technological innovation. Interestingly, from 1995 to 2017, there were only four years that he wasn’t named by Forbes as the richest person in the world. 

Although he’s incredibly famous, many will know little about the man behind the achievements. Fortunately, David Guggenheim’s Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates aims to dive into the mind of Bill Gates with footage, interviews and beyond. The trailer teases an insightful body of work, but one moment has surprisingly captured the most attention…

Why was Bill Gates pied in the face?

It looks like the series will paint an intimate portrait, but the footage of the figure being hit in the face with a pie has us curious; what was that all about?

Well, we have an answer. As highlighted by CNET, the shocking incident occurred way back in 1998. 

He was in Brussels, Belgium heading to meet European Union officials for a meeting and give a speech when he was suddenly struck in the face by what appeared to be a cream pie. Clearly in a state of shock, he continued to walk toward the building when a couple more pies were thrown his way.

As the source notes, the first perpetrator escaped but an accomplice and cameraman were seized and taken into custody. Many speculated the motivations behind the attack, but before long, a famous prankster named Noël Godin came forward and admitted to orchestrating the incident.

Interestingly, they say Mr Gates didn’t press charges, according to a statement from a Microsoft official. It turns out the prank wasn’t specific to Bill Gates and that Noël is actually renowned for singling out celebrities with cream pies; he has become known as “The Pieman”. According to Wikipedia, this marked a pivotal point for his controversial activity and he’s also an author, critic, and actor. There you have it!

Check out news footage of the incident below:

Inside Bill’s Brain: Release date

It appears Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates is set to deliver audiences an enlightening three episodes. 

Although no runtime has been confirmed, we suspect that the episodes will probably run at about 50-60 minutes in length; of course, this is purely speculative. If so, it should prove a rewarding one-night binge. 

You’ll be glad to know it’ll be with us very soon, with the trailer announcing its release on Friday, September 20th 2019. Mark it down, you won’t want to miss this one!

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