SUPER SIZE ME WAS THE SMASH HIT OF SXSW. THIS IS A DOCUMENTARY THAT EVERYONE NEEDS TO SEE. IT SHOWS THE HORRORS OF OUR FAST FOOD WORLD. MORGAN SPURLOCK DOCUMENTED HIS BINGE AT MICKEY D’S. HE ATE 3 MEALS A DAZE THERE FOR 30 DAZE, THIS EXPERIMENT CAUSED SEVERE DAMAGE TO HIS HEALTH. THE MCDIET CAUSED HIS ARTERIES TO CLOG AND HIS WEIGHT TO EXPAND. THIS FOOD IS TERRIBLE FOR US. HOPEFULLY, THIS FILM WILL CAUSE MANY AMERICANS TO KEEP WALKING BY MCDONALDS. THANKS FOR THE WORK AND THE INTERVIEW MORGAN.
AD:I think about Citizen Kane when I think about what you took on in this film. Welles spoofed Hearst and Hearst virtually buried him as a film maker. I want to know how you slipped this film by Mcdonalds? And have they flexed any negative attention your waze?
MS: I don’t think we slipped it by them. They released a statement after Sundance where they called it “irresponsible” and “a gimmick” to make a movie, but then 7 weeks later they did away with their Supersize options. So, while they may never credit the movie, I think the film has had a very positive impact on McDonald’s and the fast food industry already.
AD: What prompted you to take on this documentary?
MS: I had been wanting to make a feature film for some time and when I got the idea for this movie, it just seemed right. Everything clicked from the beginning on Super Size Me and it was something I was very passionate about.
AD: How much did it cost to eat at Mcdonalds for one month? People often eat fast food because it seems to be cheap. Did you save money during your project?
MS: I spent around $800 eating McMeals. Not so cheap. I would have spent about half that if I’d been buying groceries for myself.
AD: Did you have a favorite Mcdonalds restaurant?
MS: There’s a great hybrid McShop in Kokomo , IN called the McDiner. I love it. You can get regular McFood there as well as typical diner fare (pot roast, meat loaf, etc.) And it wasn’t bad either. Tasted like any other microwavable / dineresque meal you would eat. They should make more of these.
AD: Do you find most people giving you good reception about the film?
MS: The reception to the film has been overwhelming. Everyone loves the movie. I really think that when it is released that the people who see it will leave the theatres examining their own lifestyles: what they eat and how they exercise (or don’t!)
AD: What is the most common reaction you get from viewers?
MS: Most people are surprised at how sick I became, as well as how bad most school lunch programs are.
AD: What is the thing you hope people take with them after seeing this?
MS: I hope people get inspired by the movie and make a change in the way they eat and live. I hope parents get infuriated at the state of their children’s school lunch programs and rally for change and I hope marketing and advertising toward small children is eliminated.
AD: What are your feelings about George bush Jr?
MS: I would love to see him behind a counter next January saying “Would you like fries with that?”
AWD: Did you dig Austin ? Where did you eat while you were here?
MS: I love Austin . What an awesome town, by far the shining star of Texas . While there I ate at the best BBQ joint in town – Bongo BBQ (1004 West 24th). Man does that place rock. Every time I’m in town I go there and I am never disappointed. If you’re a carnivore like me – then it will make your tummy very happy.
AD: Has Mcdonalds gotten back to you yet?
MS: McDonald’s has yet to get back to me, but they did get rid of their Supersize options – what more could I ask for?
AD: Do you have a favorite Steve Martin Quote?
MS: I’m taking this chair, the paddle game, the remote control, the lamp, the ashtray, these matches, and this magazine … and that’s all I need.
AD: Anything else?
MS: Everybody wants to know how they can get a copy of the movie. Well log on to our website, www.SuperSizeMe.com and register for e-mail updates. The video and DVD should be available around the end of September. AND I would love to come to your school to talk to the kids and show the movie, this info is also available on the website under the Contact Us section.
One last thing for the creative types in Austin .
Everyone always asks me, “How did you make it?” Like I have some secret to success.
Well, for all the filmmakers out there who are having a tough time with it and are struggling day to day, know this: two years ago I was evicted from my apartment, had a nickel to my name and was sleeping in a hammock in my office. I maxed out all my credit cards to keep my company going and am just now starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Had I quit then, who knows what would have happened.
Remember these four things: Perseverance, Patience, Time and Belief. You make it in this crazy business by sticking around, never giving up and by continuing to believe in yourself. Be true to your voice and your vision and you will be amazed by what you will accomplish.