Oscar-nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock is best known for his 2004 film Super Size Me -- you know, the one where he almost kills himself by eating McDonalds three times a day for a month. So it might surprise you to learn that his latest project is in an entirely new direction -- One Direction, to be specific.
Spurlock joins us to talk about why he jumped at the chance to direct the new concert movie This Is Us about the British boy band One Direction, which opens nationwide on Friday.
Morgan Spurlock, on his decision to direct This Is Us:
It was one of those opportunities when I got a call from the studio, and they said, “Would you like to make a film with this band?” Here they are, one of the biggest bands in the world. In the film, you see them explode into this massive, global phenomenon. I was like, “This is too great of an opportunity not to tell this story.”
On One Direction defying traditional stereotypes of boy bands:
These guys were a lot of fun. They have a great sense of humor. They don’t take themselves too seriously. I tell people all the time that they are like the anti-boy-band boy band. They don’t dress in the same clothes, they don’t do dance routines. They’ve been a bit against the grain from the beginning when it comes to what people would expect from them, and I think that’s what makes them popular. I think that people like the fact that they haven’t bought into all that.
On the repercussions of making a film about One Direction:
I’ve listened to more One Direction in the past year than probably any man in his forties ever should or will. And it’s one of the things where once it gets in your head, it’s there forever. I find myself waking up [singing it], I find myself singing when I’m walking down the street [and] in the gym…. I have not had a night’s sleep where I haven’t dreamt about this band in probably about 10 months.