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Fast Food Nation
Interview by: Izumi Hasegawa
Nov 7, 2006
Q1: What an amazing film. What an interesting concept I thought. With the book, did you ever set out to maybe make it more documentary than a mockumentary? Is it a mockumentary?
ES: No, it's a drama.

Q2: Drama?
ES: Yeah, I spent about a year and a half meeting with documentary filmmakers and I worked really hard to get a documentary set up and I wasn't able to do it in a way that I felt comfortable with. I came close but I wouldn't sign over the rights to my book unless I felt that the filmmaker was going to be empowered to do something very tough and uncompromised. There was never an arrangement that met that criteria so I was fine with there never being any kind of film based on the book. The book was so much more successful than I ever thought it would be and it was in that period that I got approached by this British producer Jeremy Thomas about doing a fictional film which seemed like an unlikely idea, but he has made so many amazing films. I had a respect for where he was c...

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