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Gossip & Rumors: 'super Size Me' Filmmaker Dies At 53

GOSSIP & RUMORS: ‘Super Size Me’ filmmaker dies at 53

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Morgan Spurlock, the documentary filmmaker best known for “Super Size Me,” has died. He was 53. 

He died Thursday night from complications of cancer, The Post can confirm.

“It was a sad day, as we said goodbye to my brother Morgan,” his brother Craig Spurlock told Variety. “Morgan gave so much through his art, ideas and generosity. Today the world has lost a true creative genius and a special man. I am so proud to have worked together with him.”

Born in 1970 in Parkersburg, West Virginia, Spurlock graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1993. 

He got his start in the entertainment industry as a playwright, winning awards for his 1999 play “The Phoenix” at the New York Fringe Festival. 

Before rising to fame, he also created and hosted the gonzo web series “Bet You Will,” which paid contestants to do outrageous tasks for money, such as eating a full jar of mayonnaise. The show aired on both MTV and the now-defunct Spike. 

Morgan Spurlock has died of complications from cancer.
Morgan Spurlock has died. FilmMagic
Morgan Spurlock was best known for “Super Size Me.” ©Samuel Goldwyn Films/Courtesy Everett Collection

His breakout project was his 2004 documentary “Super Size Me,” which chronicled the changes to his health when he spent 30 days consuming only McDonald’s food. 

“It’s a great way to take the edge off a very preachy subject,” he told the Guardian in 2004. 

Spurlock was nominated for an Oscar that year, for Best Documentary Feature, and he won the award for best director at the Sundance Film Festival. 

Following that experience, Spurlock told Civil Eats in 2010, “There are great films that are out there that deal with food, [and] I think if there’s a way I can help champion some of those other filmmakers, I’d rather do that than go into making another food movie.”

“For me, movies have to be something that if you don’t [make them], then you are going to go crazy. If you don’t tell this story, if you don’t put it on a page, if you don’t put it on film, then it is literally going to affect your brain from this moment forward,” he went on. “There may be something that comes along that kind of strikes me in that way, and if it does, I’ll have to tell it.”

Morgan Spurlock rose to fame with “Super Size Me.”
Morgan Spurlock with son Laken and ex-wife Sara Bernstein. Marion Curtis/Starpix/Shutterstock
Morgan Spurlock with his ex-wife, Sara Bernstein. Jason Kempin

His follow-up film was 2008’s “Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?” in which Spurlock searched for the terrorist and visited countries impacted by his actions. 

Spurlock’s other notable works include 2010’s “Freakonomics” film, based on the book of the same name.

On TV, he had the CNN series “Morgan Spurlock: Inside Man,” which aired from 2013 to 2016, and the FX series “30 Days,” which aired from 2005 to 2008 and followed people immersing themselves in unfamiliar lifestyles for a month. During that show, Spurlock himself tried to survive on minimum wage for 30 days. 

He followed up with a 2017 sequel, “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!,” which covered the way that fast food has attempted to rebrand itself as healthier. 

Morgan Spurlock became famous for eating McDonald’s for 30 days.
Morgan Spurlock in “Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?”
Morgan Spurlock chronicled how McDonald’s negatively impacted his health. ©Samuel Goldwyn Films/Courtesy Everett Collection

In 2017, amid the MeToo movement, Spurlock posted an essay on social media that read, “As I sit around watching hero after hero, man after man, fall at the realization of their past indiscretions, I don’t sit by and wonder ‘who will be next?’ I wonder, ‘when will they come for me?’” He then detailed cheating on his past partners and instances of sexual misconduct. 

Speaking to Uproxx in 2019, he said about his motivations, “I think that we live in a time where if you look at everything that’s happened around that movement, the mission for anybody is these guys come forward. And I think it was really important for me to basically say, ‘I’m a person who’s made mistakes in my past. I’m somebody who has made it a point to tell the truth in my work. And I recognize that I can do better.’ And I think that we live in a world right now where we encourage people to lie consistently and aggressively, simply for self-preservation. And I think that that is a very wrong message to be sending.”

Spurlock told Deadline in 2019, “Part of the reason I wrote that essay in the first place, was to be on the right side of it. I’m hopeful that in time, with the work that I do and the changes that I continue to go through, that I can be there on the right side.”

Morgan Spurlock wrote a 2017 essay amid the Me Too movement. Pia Torelli/Sipa/Shutterstock
Morgan Spurlock is best known for “Super Size Me.” ©Sony Pictures/Everett Collectio
Morgan Spurlock in “Super Size Me.”

He also said he went to rehab for alcoholism. 

His career imploded after that. “I’m grateful for what we were able to do, and I’m grateful for what I’ve learned. Does it hurt sometimes? Of course, it does, but all I can do is continue to be as good a supporter of other people, of women, of men, of young filmmakers, of the people that I was really trying to champion for a long time,” he told the outlet.

“I love what I do. I’m hopeful that I can go from this and start doing what I love to do, that’s the most important thing for me. All I’ve ever wanted to do was be a storyteller. I hope I get to do it again.”

Spurlock was married to Alexandra Jamieson from 2006 to 2011, with whom he has son Laken, and he married Sara Bernstein in 2016, with whom he had son Kallen. 

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