Morgan Spurlock, director of 'Super Size Me', dies at 53 | Culture | EUROtoday

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Morgan Spurlock, filmmaker of documentaries comparable to Super Size Me o Where within the World Is Osama Bin Laden?, died this Friday of most cancers on the age of 53. “He passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on May 23, 2024 in New York due to complications from cancer,” his household introduced on their X account. “It was a sad day, as we said goodbye to my brother Morgan. Morgan gave so much through her art, her ideas, and his generosity. The world has lost a true creative genius and a special man. I am very proud to have worked with him,” stated his brother, Craig Spurlock, who participated in a number of of the director's movies. The household signifies that the reason for loss of life was “complications derived from cancer.”

Despite having different movies underneath his belt, comparable to Where within the World Is Osama bin Laden? (2009) and a number of other different documentaries in movie and tv, was his nice success Super Size Me (2004) which earned him worldwide fame and an Oscar nomination for finest documentary. In this movie, Spurlock accepted the problem of spending 30 days (February 2003), throughout which he may solely eat merchandise from the McDonald's quick meals chain, along with having to simply accept the large menu if the workers of the franchise supplied it to them. This was Spurlock's aim: not a lot to denounce the poor high quality of the franchise (in truth, the documentary featured very wholesome individuals who solely ate the model's hamburgers), however to level out that the disproportionate parts of the bigger menus had been completely pointless for a balanced weight-reduction plan. At the top of that month, visibly obese, Spurlock's poor analytics introduced him international fame whereas inflicting a serious reputational disaster for the quick meals large.

Morgan Spurlock en un momento de 'Super Size Me'.
Morgan Spurlock en un momento de ‘Super Size Me’.kpa Publicity / United Archives / ContactoPhoto

That private seal, amongst journalism gonzo and the grievance turned his mode of operation of his later works, by which he used himself as a take a look at topic. These works coated varied conflictive features, such because the work of the migrant inhabitants (30 days), the battle in Afghanistan (Where on this planet is Osama Bin Laden?), or the ability of promoting within the capitalist system (The Greatest Movie Ever Sold). So, till his final nice work, Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!, launched in 2017 and by which he denounced the operation of poultry farms within the United States. It was the sequel to its nice success, which sparked a debate all over the world about junk meals, and which nonetheless serves as an academic software in faculties and institutes all through the United States at present. That identical 12 months, Spurlock accepted accusations of sexual harassment on the college and known as himself “part of the problem.”

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