Envy is bit­ter­sweet for Michael Moore

Film­maker loves Canada, but still loves and has some hope for the United States of ’Mer­ica

StarMetro Halifax - - DAILY LIFE - Peter How­ell MOVIE CRITIC

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?

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