Morgan Spurlock takes a hilarious look at the rise of male vanity in his new documentary Mansome. From beard-growing contests to below-the-belt manscaping, the director of Super Size Me examines what it takes to be a man in the 21st century. Spurlock sacrificed his own iconic mustache for the making of this movie. He talks about what inspired to him to take a look at male grooming.
On Tap: You shaved your beard off for Mansome. Did you lose part of your identity without it?
Morgan Spurlock: When I shave off my mustache, I become invisible. No one recognizes me. But on the upside: I look so much younger once I shave it off, like some balding, pale 30-year-old.
OT: Will Arnett and Jason Bateman appear in Mansome and are executive producers. How involved were they in shaping the film?
MS: Will and Jason worked with me and my producer Jeremy Chilnick to find the best characters and the funniest storylines. The goal was to put funny first and that comes out in the finished film. It’s the most entertaining film I’ve ever made.
OT: Is this sudden attention to male vanity a response to the “end of men”?
MS: Mansome was born from many discussions; that being one, another being the commodification of man and manliness into so many products, and another being what Adam Carolla called “the wussification of men.”
OT: Shouldn’t men be focused on accomplishing things rather than what they look like?
MS: Absolutely, but the sad thing is that we now live in a world where we have also placed values on appearance. It becomes infinitely more difficult in our society for someone who doesn’t make an effort to present himself successfully to actually succeed in the work place.
OT: What’s next in men’s grooming?
MS: You’ll start seeing more guys groom their beards like Wes Bentley in Hunger Games. I loved his beard, but damn that looks like a lot of work.
Mansome is currently available on On Demand, iTunes and in select theaters. Visit www.mansomethemovie.com for more information.