Moore Confused By 'Controversial' Label
Filmmaker MICHAEL MOORE is confused by critics who label him "controversial", because he doesn't see why people are upset with his documentary making.
Moore has made a name for himself with hard-hitting documentaries like 2002's Bowling For Columbine, 2004's Fahrenheit 9/11 and his latest film, Sicko, which follows a group of sick 9/11 rescue workers seeking free medical care in Cuba.
But he insists he is only asking the same questions as other members of the U.S. public, who don't have the platform to air their concerns, and claims he is still a patriotic American citizen, despite what others may think.
When asked by talkshow host Larry King if he has always been controversial, Moore says, "No. You know, it's an odd term. I've never understood why...
"What have I done? I've made three or four documentaries. The first one (1989's Roger + Me), I was upset that 30,000 people had been laid off from my hometown, so I thought I'd stand up for them and make a film about them. Then I made a film called Bowling For Columbine because I thought we shouldn't have any more school shootings. And then I made Fahrenheit 9/11 because I took a wild guess that maybe we were going to war for the wrong reasons, and it wasn't a good idea.
"Those are my crimes, Larry. And before that, when you say have I always been this way? I mean as a kid I was an Eagle Scout, am an Eagle Scout. I went to the seminary to be a Catholic priest. I lived the all American boy life. I come from a family of (patriots). My dad was in the Marines. He was in the South Pacific, World War II. And I've always loved this country and have always felt that one of the best things you can do as a patriotic American is to not be afraid to ask questions and to demand answers of those in power."