Why Super Size Me Director Morgan Spurlock Uses Humor in His Documentaries
In Entertainment Weekly's new video series Lightbulb, the director chats candidly about about his career
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?
“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.’ ”