May 24, 2024 - Business

"Super Size Me" director's complicated legacy

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Morgan Spurlock at the Dubai International Film Festival in 2017. Photo: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for DIFF

Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock died Thursday, leaving a complicated legacy that sparked debate over the excesses of the fast food industry.

  • Spurlock — who died from cancer complications, according to Variety — was 53.

Between the lines: Spurlock's Oscar-nominated 2004 film "Super Size Me" chronicled his monthlong endeavor to eat only at McDonald's, saying the diet caused him to gain weight and damaged his liver.

Yes, but: Years later, Spurlock acknowledged a serious drinking problem that critics say could be behind his liver problems.

  • He also admitted in 2017, at the peak of "#MeToo," that he was "part of the problem" and had been accused of rape in college, Variety reported.

💭 Nathan's memory: In college, I attended a Spurlock lecture in 2004 or 2005 — and afterward I got him to autograph an unused McDonald's bag.

  • He was so delighted that he signed his name and then drew a cartoon of someone drinking a big soda.

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