Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography by Laurie Woolever:
DARREN ARONOFSKY: You saw this kind of weird colonialism that we were thrust in the middle of. I think Tony wanted to show that there’s many ways to show a sequence like that on a travel show, where you could edit that out, or you could really show what was going on. Because the poverty in Madagascar was hard to fathom. And there seemed to be a lot of prostitution going on, and a lot of underage prostitution.
So there were some really dark things. And you’re sitting there in your kind of incredible wealth, going, “What the hell’s going on here?”
Really hard to understand. And it was impossible for you to ignore. And then the environmental destruction that was going on was just everywhere. You’d be riding a train, and you’d see the forest being burned down in the distance, these huge plumes of smoke. When we flew on a small plane from the coast back to the capital, you could just see the country burning. So, it was pretty bleak.