Super Size Me’s Morgan Spurlock Dead At Age 53

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Morgan Spurlock , who was the mastermind of 2004’s Super Size Me documentary, passed away. The filmmaker was 53. According to reports from the Associated Press, “Spurlock died Thursday in New York from complications of cancer.

NBC News published a statement from Morgan’s brother. “It was a sad day, as we said goodbye to my brother Morgan.” He “gave so much through his art, ideas and generosity. Today the world has lost a true creative genius and a special man. I am so proud to have worked together with him.”

Super Size Me:

ICYMI, in Morgan’s career defining doc, he chronicled a 30-day span of eating only McDonald’s food raising awareness about the dangers of poor nutrition. “Spurlock’s film follows a 30-day period from February 1 to March 2, 2003, during which he claimed to only consume McDonald’s food, although he later disclosed he was also drinking heavily.”
Below are the rules Morgan abided by during his experiment-
  • He must fully eat three McDonald’s meals daily: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • He must consume every item on the McDonald’s menu at least once over the course of the 30 days (he managed this in nine days).
  • He must only ingest items offered on the McDonald’s menu, including bottled water. All outside consumption of food is prohibited.
  • He must Super Size the meal if offered, but not otherwise.
  • He will attempt to walk about as much as a typical United States citizen, based on a suggested figure of 5,000 standardized distance steps per day, but he did not closely adhere to this, as he walked more while in New York than in Houston.
The film documented the drastic change on Spurlock’s physical and psychological health and well-being. It also explores the fast food industry’s corporate influence, including how it encourages poor nutrition for its own profit and gain.” Super Size Me was nominated for best documentary feature at the 77th Academy Awards in 2005.


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Additional projects:

Morgan attacked sociopolitical issues head on, including the “Bush-era War on Terror (Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?), corporate power (The Greatest Movie Ever Sold) and masculine identity (Mansome). He also directed the 3-D concert film One Direction: This Is Us, released in 1023.”

… And then there are Morgan’s television credits. “He created and hosted 30 Days, a three-season FX reality show that followed people as they experimented with crash-course lifestyles like working for minimum wage or living off the power grid. He also made nonfiction shows for Hulu and CNN.”

Stay tuned with Taste of Reality for more details as they arise. 

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