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The Fahrenheit 9/11 filmmaker does not rule out putting the British leader under the lens

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated July 07, 2004 09:00 AM
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Fahrenheit 9/11 filmmaker Michael Moore – basking in the success of his anti-Bush documentary, which could be the first to top the $100 million box-office mark – says he is still considering making a film about British prime minister Tony Blair, despite earlier denials.

Last month, Moore, 50, posted on his Web site a message denying that Blair – who sided with the United States’ stance on attacking Iraq – was to be the focus of his next project. But speaking to the BBC, the documentarian said he is leaving his options open.

“I wouldn’t completely rule it out, only because I find Blair a more fascinating character than Bush,” said Moore. “Blair is not an idiot; Blair is smart. What’s his excuse? He knows better.”

Asked about the criticism most frequently leveled at 9/11, that it is “playing to the converted, singing to the same choir,” Moore, who’s also been at work on Sicko, a look at the American health-care system, replied that he was glad that is the case.

“The choir in America has been asleep so I hope it plays to the choir – it means it will wake the choir up and give them a song to sing,” he said. “Considering the historic record-breaking box office it’s been doing, I would say the film is accomplishing its goal,” he added.

“All I know right now is it’s selling a lot of popcorn – we’ll see in November,” he also said, referring to what impact, if any the film will have on the presidential election.

Meanwhile, Variety reports that the wheels are in motion for the movie’s home-video release, with Sony set to release DVD and VHS versions through its Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment division this fall, before the November presidential election.