In the spoiler for Banksy’s recently premiered Sundance film, “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” we noted how Thierry (pronounced Terry) Guetta aka Mr. Brainwash was able to gain access to the elusive street artist’s inner circle because he was cousins with Invader and was introduced by Shepard Fairey, but that doesn’t quite fully explain their camaraderie.
However, Banksy’s account of MBW getting interrogated for filming the installation of the infamous Gitmo doll at Disneyland in 2006 does shed some more light on the matter.
Apparently, MBW was held for over four hours by Mickey Mouse’s security team and possibly a FBI agent after he remained by the Rocky Mountain Railroad ride to film reaction shots. They took him to an underground detention room and after demanding to see the footage he captured which would have included closeups of Banksy’s face as he was blowing up the doll with a bike pump, the Frenchman brags how he they passed him the camera and he deleted all of the material right in front of their faces (he managed to stow away one of the memory cards with the content on it). He refused to give them any information and with the lack of any real evidence, he was eventually set free, establishing an enormous milestone of trust.
Funny side note: While MBW was getting grilled, Banksy was doing what most people do while at the Magic Kingdom: he went on the rides! Almost all of the video below as included in the new film.