Michael Moore in ICU with pneumonia

Documentary filmmaker contracts illness during film promotions

February 06, 2016
The director urged his fans and followers to help get the word out about his movie. PHOTO: FILE

NEW YORK: Michael Moore, known for films like Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine, is undergoing treatment for pneumonia at an intensive care unit (ICU). He was admitted to the hospital on Sunday night and shared the news of his health through a post on Facebook.

He blamed his illness on exhausting promotions of his forthcoming film Where to Invade Next, supporting Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and trying to draw attention to the poisoned water scandal in his hometown of Flint, Michigan.

The director also expressed concern over the film’s fate, and urged his fans and followers to help get the word out about his movie.

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The post read, “I’m writing this to all of you from the ICU at a hospital in New York City. Unfortunately, I’ve come down with pneumonia. Between running all over the place lately, promoting my new movie, plus going to Flint to help the people of my hometown, plus jumping in to support Senator Sanders, plus doing a dozen other things.”

The director added, “Well, I read somewhere you can’t burn it at both ends, and if you do, it’s best not to do so in the winter nor anywhere near a place full of toxic water.”

The post further read, “The truth is, I’ve actually been in the ICU since Sunday night. Let’s just say things didn’t look good Sunday night. But thanks to a combination of good doctors, decent hospital food and second-term Obamacare, I’m doing much better since the last couple of days. All appearances for the rest of this week have been cancelled.”

Talking about the film, he said, “Needless to say, in addition to being a bummer health-wise (and I’m trying out a new thing this week by putting that, my health, first), this is a huge loss to my efforts in leading up to the release of my new movie.”

Published in The Express Tribune, February 7th, 2016.

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