people not familiar with '30 Days,' how would you describe it, and why should
people tune in?
'30 Days' is a social experiment where we explore issues of our society
in a way that is fun and entertaining by taking someone from one walk of
life and one set of beliefs and immersing them in an environment that is
completely antithetical to their own. Giving them a chance to walk a mile
in someone else's shoes and to see the world through someone else's eyes.
People should tune in because the show doesn't go down like medicine. You
would think a show like this is going to be so heavy and boring, but the
show is really entertaining. Just like how we made fast food and obesity
epidemic in America engaging in 'Supersize Me,' we do the same in '30 Days.'
Where did you get
the idea for '30 Days?'
I got the idea when I finished 'Super Size Me.' We had a test screening
for the film that was so well received and people started arguing and
debating the issue right after the screening. This was fantastic, so I
thought it would be great to do a television show where we could explore
more issues on a more timely basis and hopefully get the same results
of people having a civil dialogue at the end.
What can we expect
to see in season two of the show?
I didn't think it was going to be possible to make season two better than
season one. I thought we hit it out of the park in season one. Season
two has exceeded every expectation I had. The issues were even more timely,
more pertinent and larger hot button issues. The season two premiere deals
with the immigration issue in America. We took a border-patrolling Minuteman
and moved him in with a family of illegal Mexican immigrants in Los Angeles.
For 30 days here are two sides of this argument and the Minuteman is saying,
"If I had the opportunity to call INS right now and have you guys
deported tomorrow ..." and to hear from the family why it is so important
to be here and provide for their families. It is a fantastic tit for tat
to hear the back and forth.
What do you think
the legacy of the 'Supersize Me' documentary is?
I get stopped by parents, kids, health teachers, gym teachers and politicians
who use it to pass legislature. To me that this little film has become
a lighting rod for bigger issues is inspiring. I'm in awe every day by
the film. I get stopped by parents every day who since seeing the film
have stopped eating fast food and get home early to cook and sit down
and eat with their family.
How has your life
changed personally and professionally?
Professionally it is amazing to be in position to pick up the phone and
get the call returned. I have been really fortunate that I'm in a place
where I can pick and choose what I want to make. It really is a blessing.
Personally, one of the greatest things that came out of the whole experience
for me I was really lucky to have a partner like Alice go through the
whole journey with me. She was there when I had the idea for 'Super Size
Me.' She was in the film. She traveled around the world when I promoted
the movie. I have grown so much more as a person in the post 'Super Size
Me' world and a lot of that I can credit to her.
The season one
DVD is out now. What can we expect to see?
It is a chance for people to share episodes that they love with other
people that didn't get to see them. It is a chance for them to hear a
little bit more from the participants. We have great diary cams that we
couldn't put in the show. It's great to hear from people going through
the journey in their own words what they were dealing with and what they
were thinking. There is great commentary on a bunch of the episodes from
the participants and myself. To hear them reflect on it now a year later
What has surprised
you the most after doing a season?
We were really concerned at the beginning because we first pitched the
idea to the network that I was going to do every episode. I was going
to immerse myself in these environments and explore these issues every
week. Logistically, it is an impossibility. It would take 10 months to
make six episodes. Basically, I was told in no uncertain terms by my girlfriend
that I wouldn't have a girlfriend for very long if I did that. So I made
a conscious decision to say, "OK, we are going to let other people
do the show."
Not an easy decision?
There was a concern how would this translate if you let other people go
on this journey. To me, it even translates better to have these people
who are so passionate and so invested in the things they believe and let
their guard down and be challenged by someone else.
What were some
of the craziest moments that shocked you in season one or season two?
I'm always amazed how people respond in these situations. Not so much
shock, but for me it is wonderment to see how people react who have such
staunch beliefs. To see how our border-patrolling Minuteman who has a
soft spot for the people that he wants to deport. In the outsourcing episode,
the guy whose job was outsourced goes to India and to see this guy start
to build friendships and relationships who are basically doing his job
now is pretty emotional.
What is your favorite
and least favorite part of doing the show?
My favorite part of doing the show is to explore all these different issues
over the course of a season. To be able to have six different topics that
are so relevant in our country today is the most important thing for me.
My least favorite thing is it is such a long arduous process. It is at
least six months to make six episodes. It is massive. It is like making
six short films.
If you could go
back in time and give yourself advice -- how far would you go back and
what would the advice be?
My best advice that I would have given myself is to be true to be my voice
from the beginning. Anytime I talk to college kids and high school kids
I tell them you need to find your voice and stand by it. It is easy to
try and please everyone. It is harder to please yourself. If you find
your voice and stand up, you will find success and more rewards than you
When you are on
the road, what do you eat? Are you ever tempted by fast food?
Of course, we are all tempted by fast food. Every time you see the sign,
and walk by the door and get that smell. I just make the decision to go
somewhere else. When I travel, I really try to make a rule and sometimes
it gets broken, but I really try not to eat in airport because you can
never find anything good to eat in an airport.
Because it would
ruin your whole thing if you were seen eating at McDonald's?
(Laughs) Yeah, suddenly click, click, I'm in the Star and the Enquirer,
"Spurlock guy is off the wagon."