Michael Moore.. Our Man in Flint
September 1992

Benjamin Svetkey

The Bunny Lady is still skinning rabbits, Deputy Fred is still evicting people from their homes, and former General Motors chairman Roger Smith still isn't returning Michael Moore's phone calls.

The above updates come courtesy of "Pets or Meat: The Return to Flint", a 23-minute sequel to Moore's darkly comic theatrical hit of 1989, "Roger & Me". In "Roger", the wisenheimer documentarian recorded his exhaustive attempts to track down GM's elusive CEO (who retired in 1990) on the heels of Smith's decision to fire 30,000 Flint, Mich., autoworkers. The sequel, airing Sept. 28 on PBS, following the broadcast debut of the original 90-minute film, revisits the plight of the auto-industry town. "More stores are closed, more jobs are gone, and more people have lost hope," reports Moore, a Flint native who still lives there part-time (he spends the rest of his time in New York City). "Things are a lot worse-and not just in Flint, but all over."

Things aren't so bad for Moore, though: "Roger & Me", which cost only $250,000 to make, has become the largest-grossing non-concert documentary of all time, raking in $20 million in worldwide box office and video sales, making Moore a rich man. It has also given him a chance to write his first feature film, an $8 million Warner Bros. production he describes as "a lighthearted romp about the new world order." The plot: "America has run out of enemies, so we decide to invade Canada." Why? "Because they have the world's largest supply of party ice." Talk about a cold war.

Copyright 1992 Entertainment Weekly

 

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