Most Americans know Morgan Spurlock as that guy who spent 30 days eating only McDonald’s food – and survived to tell the tale in Super Size Me. Since that 2004 documentary thrust him into the spotlight, he has continued to create films that examine with humor and curiosity highly topical subjects including Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?, Freakonomics and The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. In 2011, Morgan Spurlock premiered his latest film at the Toronto International Film Festival, Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan’s Hope, a love letter to the spiritual home of geekdom.
What does being creative mean to you?
For me, it means freedom. It means when I get up in the morning, anything is possible and as an artist, that’s an incredible feeling.
What inspires you?
My family inspires me the most. I love spending time with them and after spending any time with them, my idea notebook is overflowing.
What’s the one object that you own that best explains you?
I have a little log cabin in the woods in upstate New York. I think it’s pretty me – a little country and hillbilly on the outside, but a little modernized on the inside.
What’s your passion?
I love telling stories. I always have and it’s all I ever wanted to do. I work every day to become a better storyteller, and hopefully one day I’ll get there.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I’d like to be a musician or a painter. I have a banjo that I play badly, and I love art – it would be exciting to give it a go.
What profession would you not like to do?
I love my accountant, but I would never want to be an accountant. It takes a part of my brain that just never got enough love from me.
What’s hanging above your desk/in your office?
A painting of MC Supersized aka Fat Ronald, the painting that Ron English did for the original poster when Super Size Me went to Sundance in 2004.
Where do you go to be alone?
I go to my cabin upstate. Granted I’m usually never alone when I go, but when I’m there, I make time to go for a hike by myself in the woods. There’s something really grounding for me there. It reminds me of where I grew up and helps me see what’s important.
What is your current state of mind?
Crazy. But good crazy. Not “I’m gonna cover myself in the tar and feathers and shoot up the post office” crazy but more “there’s so much I want to do, and I’m already 40, so stop sitting around and get to work” crazy. I’m a bit of a workaholic, but when you love what you do, it’s not really work.
If you wrote your memoirs, what would they be titled?
That Other Book Is So Much Better.