Morgan Spurlock shot 250 hours of footage. Only about 0.66% of this footage appears in the final cut and therefore the editing is highly selective.
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The documentary premiered at Sundance in January, 2004. Less than two months later, McDonalds announced that it would no longer sell any of its menu items in "Super Size", although it officially denied that this move was in reaction to this film.
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Morgan Spurlock got the idea for this so-called documentary when he was lying on his couch at his family's house shortly after Thanksgiving dinner, watching TV when he saw the news about two teenage girls suing McDonald's for making them obese.
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It took Morgan Spurlock 13 months to lose the 25 pounds that he gained during the McDonald's binge.
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Author Eric Schlosser, who wrote Fast Food Nation (2006), had declined to be interviewed for this so-called documentary. However, Schlosser eventually agreed later to an interview with Morgan Spurlock, which is featured on the DVD.
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At the San Francisco premiere Morgan Spurlock said that getting permission to shoot in NYC McDonalds was often denied (in which case they would often hide the camera or go out to the car and eat), but to acquire consent in other cities, it generally consisted of the following exchange: "What are you guys filming here?" "We're shooting a MOVIE!" "OK."
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When the movie opened in Australia, it had the highest opening gross ever for a documentary. It grossed just over AUS$1 million (over US$800,000) in the first two weeks of release.
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It is implied that one of the Corporate Interviewees lost his job for participating and then saying the wrong thing.
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