Friday, June 21, 2024

RIP Morgan Spurlock, 53, Caused a Sensation with “Super Size Me” Documentary about McDonald’s (Watch Video)


I am really sorry to hear about Morgan Spurlock passing away at age 53. According to his brother he died from cancer.

“Morgan gave so much through his art, ideas, and generosity,” his brother, Craig Spurlock, said in a statement. “The world has lost a true creative genius and a special man.”

I met Morgan in Sundance in 2004 when his film, “Super Size Me,” caused a sensation. Morgan’s first person account of eating McDonald’s food day and night, then tracing how was it made, where it came from, and how sick it made him.

Suddenly, Morgan was the rare thing: a star documentary filmmaker. He parlayed it into more films, like “Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?” all the way through “Super Size Me 2: Chicken.” According to the imdb he was planning on directing a movie about late great Hollywood talent age Sue Mengers, with Jennifer Lawrence.

But in 2017, when the #Metoo movement suddenly gripped the business, Spurlock revealed that he’d once been accused of rape during his college years, and had other accusations of sexual misconduct. He essentially torpedoed his own career, and not had been heard from since then. (Amazingly, he’d left it up on line all these years as some form of self-flagellation.)

What a shame. Spurlock was indeed a great creative mind, brimming with enthusiasm and good will. That he missed the last seven years was bad enough, but now we’ll never get to see what other clever things he might have come up with. Condolences to his family.

Super Size Me is on YouTube. Here it is:
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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