Envy is bittersweet for Michael Moore
Filmmaker loves Canada, but still loves and has some hope for the United States of ’Merica
Fahrenheit 11/9 director Michael Moore, a proud American feeling Trumped by political misfortune, is lamenting his lack of dual citizenship with Canada when I meet him during the recent Toronto International Film Festival.
“My grandfather was Canadian,” the moviemaker from Flint, Mich., says by way of a greeting, as he works through a series of media interviews in a hotel lobby restaurant.
“Why can’t I get some kind of papers? As a backup! Can we get a campaign going in this country to fight on my behalf ? They don’t have to give me a passport. Just give me some kind of thing where I don’t have to do a Handmaid’s Tale run into this country!”
He admits his desire to be at one with Canada isn’t entirely motivated by his intense dislike of U.S. President Donald J. Trump, whose unlikely rise to power is examined and excoriated in Fahrenheit 11/9, the inflammatory new Moore documentary that opens wide Friday.
Seems Moore, 64, has long been jealous about our chocolate bars — especially Coffee Crisp, which he can’t obtain stateside.
“Man, what can we do to get Coffee Crisp in the United States? ... You also invented the Kit Kat. When we would go to Canada to visit the relatives, they had these Kit Kats. You have made contributions to the world!” (Nerd alert: Kit Kat bars were invented in the U.K., not Canada, if Wikipedia is to be believed.)
Moore offers his take on Trump and America at thestar.com/movies
Michael Moore: Thank you Canada for the Coffee Crisp chocolate bar ... and the Kit Kat?