Fancast Exclusive: Morgan Spurlock on 30 Days

by | April 17, 2008 at 10:15 AM | General

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Fancast talked to Morgan Spurlock about his new film, Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden, but Morgan’s also been busy with 30 Days, the new FX show where individuals try a new lifestyle for 30 days. He talked to us about the show, which comes back with new episodes on June 3:

This season’s great. I went back to my home state of West Virginia. In the season premiere, I go underground and become a coal miner for thirty days. I get my apprentice coal miner’s license and become an underground coal miner for a month. It’s one of those things – we don’t think about those guys. We have no idea or concept of what they go through. It’s backbreaking work. It’s the hardest job I’ve ever done in my life, and basically they do it every day just so you and I can turn on a light bulb. 50 percent of our electricity still comes from coal, and we don’t think about it. We don’t think that there’s somebody down there doing this just so we can turn that on or plug in our phone or turn on our tape recorder.

There’s a great episode about gay parenting, there’s an incredible episode about life on an Indian reservation where I go live on the Navajo Reservation for thirty days. We do an episode about gun control, where a woman whose friend was killed by a stray bullet in Massachusetts movies to Ohio and moves in with a pro-gun family and she actually gets a job in a gun shop. We have a former NFL superstar who lives in a wheelchair for thirty days to see what it’s like to be handicapped in the United States, a guy named Ray Crockett who lives in Dallas, Texas.

Probably my favorite episode of the year is a hunter from North Carolina – I grew up hunting in West Virginia. This hunter from North Carolina moves to Los Angeles and moves in with this animal rights PETA family for thirty days, and it is probably one of the greatest hours of television I’ve ever seen in my life. It’s fantastic. It’s such a good show.