This is Spurlock: How the ‘Super Size Me’ Filmmaker Captured One Direction
Morgan Spurlock at the "One Direction: This Is Us" Premiere
Morgan's latest film is "One Direction: This Is Us," a documentary that examines the UK boy band's rise to fame, their lives offstage, and the electricity of a sold-out One Direction concert, all captured in 3D. The members of One Direction were on hand for the premiere – where some fans had camped out for days to secure a good look at the lads – and Spurlock looked both pleased and a bit overwhelmed as he competed with tens of thousands of screaming fans during his red carpet interview.
But how did this Oscar-nominated filmmaker and gadfly end up directing a movie about a boy band? According to Spurlock, the answer is simple: They asked him.
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"I got called by the studio last year, they said, 'Have you ever heard of this band One Direction?'" Spurlock said. "I said, 'Of course I have, they're one of the biggest bands in the world!' I went in, met with them, met with the boys, and just really lobbied to get this movie. And I was so thankful that it happened."
Spurlock dove headfirst into the world of One Direction – he says he saw more than 35 concerts while making the film – and got to know the global heartthrobs well. And he says he liked what he found.
"The biggest thing is … you come into a film like this, and you think one of them's bound to be a diva," Spurlock said. "But then you start to see how incredibly grounded they are, how real they are, they're the exact same guys they were three years ago, and for me, I think it's that humility that I really love."
Spurlock also stressed that "This Is Us" says as much about One Direction's relationship with their fans as it does about the group.
"What I think I love about them [One Direction] is just the connection that they have with these guys, the fans," Spurlock said while gesturing to the cheering throng. "So to get to tell their story and talk about this relationship … when we came up with the name of the film, when we came up with 'This Is Us,' the original idea was, this is a film about who we really are. And as we continued the editing process and making the film, it became very, very clear that 'This Is Us' isn’t just about that. This success is about us — it's about the band and the fans."