Thursday, May 5, 2005

Morgan Spurlock Super Downsizes Paycheck

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Morgan Spurlock is going from Super Size Me to super downsizing his paycheck.

Spurlock is the host of a new documentary series, 30 Days, that films people spending a month in an environment completely opposite what they’re used to, such as a Christian living as a Muslim or a conservative heterosexual living with a gay man.

Besides hosting, Spurlock is also the subject of the first episode. He and his fiancee, Alexandra Jamieson, spent a month in Columbus, Ohio, to see how well they could live on minimum wage.

Not very well, it turns out. Spurlock worked at a print shop, for a construction company, and because he didn’t have health insurance, he ran up an $800 hospital bill when he hurt his arm landscaping.

Even worse: After paying rent and utilities, he had barely $35 a week for food, forcing he and Jamieson to eat tons of beans and rice and day-old bread. As he puts it, “It’s a good thing she’s a chef in real-life.”

30 Days debuts on FX June 15 and Spurlock figures the minimum wage episode won’t garner as much controversy as Super Size Me because, in his words, “I can’t expect anyone saying earning $5.15 an hour is the perfect salary. There’s so little chance of betterment.”

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