Spurlock is the host of a new documentary series, 30 Days, that films people spending a month in an environment completely opposite what theyre 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 didnt 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, Its a good thing shes a chef in real-life.
30 Days debuts on FX June 15 and Spurlock figures the minimum wage episode wont garner as much controversy as Super Size Me because, in his words, I cant expect anyone saying earning $5.15 an hour is the perfect salary. Theres so little chance of betterment.
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