In Entertainment Weekly's new video series Lightbulb, the director chats candidly about about his career

By Michele Corriston
Updated November 20, 2014 04:10 PM
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He ate fast food for a month in Super Size Me and followed a boy band around the world for One Direction: This Is Us. So what drives Morgan Spurlock to make documentaries?

The desire to be anything but “boring,” he tells Lightbulb, a new Entertainment Weekly video series.

“It just kind of ignited something in me and a different passion, to basically see that you could make something that could also have an impact,” the Oscar-nominated director says of moving away from fiction. “That you could have, you know, different cultural significance and can change people’s views and their outlook on the world. And I just found that to be really invigorating.”

As for what ties together McDonald’s and Directioners, Spurlock says he uses humor as a tool to illuminate truths.

“Ninety percent of what I do is humorous,” he explains. “We have a mantra at our company, which is, ‘If you can make someone laugh, you can make someone listen.’ ”

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