Taking Liberties: An irregular feature for the irreverently inclined
Now Playing, Seven Moore Minutes
By Steven Levingston
Sunday, July 11, 2004; Page B02
MICHAEL MOORE (voice-over): When the second plane hit the tower, his chief of staff entered the classroom and told Mr. Bush, "The nation is under attack." . . . Mr. Bush just sat there and continued to read "My Pet Goat" with the children. Nearly seven minutes passed with nobody doing anything.
-- From Moore's film, "Fahrenheit 9/11"
TITLE: FAHRENHEIT 2/2 HOT
THE TEMPERATURE AT WHICH WORKING-CLASS HEROES SELF-IMMOLATE
Audience hears restaurant sounds as text appears on a blank screen:
I like Whoppers. Flame-broiled juicy, chock-full of onions and lettuce and loads of secret ingredients. They're big, too; bigger than a Big Mac. You don't even need to say "biggie size it, please" because it's already so damn BIG. But I know Whoppers are bad for me, so I've given them up.
-- "Dude, Where's My Country?"
By Michael Moore, pp. 42-43
INTERIOR. BURGER KING.
Michael Moore, dressed in blue jeans, over-sizeT-shirt, tennis shoes and cap, munching a Whopper.
NARRATOR (voice-over): At the height of the frenzy over his new film "Fahrenheit 9/11," Michael Moore stole away from his adoring fans, vengeful Republicans and a bewildered media to spend a few minutes alone, enjoying what he enjoys most.
SCREEN CLOCK READS: 12:41 P.M.
Michael Moore finishes his first Whopper. He bites into a second as his assistant appears, whispers in his ear and departs.
NARRATOR (voice-over): When Michael Moore bit into his second burger, his assistant entered the restaurant and told him, "Your movie is under attack." But Michael Moore did nothing. Michael Moore just sat there and continued to eat.
Nearly seven minutes passed as he did nothing -- but eat. What was going through his mind? Were his thoughts on his mind-blowing success? Was he thinking: "I'm BIG -- coast-to-coast BIG, around-the-world BIG. I write BIG books. I make BIG films."
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