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Hyman gets 1st playoff hat trick, McDavid has 5 assists as Oilers beat Kings 7-4 in Game 1

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Hyman gets 1st playoff hat trick, McDavid has 5 assists as Oilers beat Kings 7-4 in Game 1
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Hyman gets 1st playoff hat trick, McDavid has 5 assists as Oilers beat Kings 7-4 in Game 1

2024-04-23 14:43 Last Updated At:04-24 00:08

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Zach Hyman helped make sure the Edmonton Oilers avoided another early first-round playoff series hole.

Hyman had three goals and an assist in his first postseason hat trick, Connor McDavid had five assists and the Oilers beat the Los Angeles Kings 7-4 Monday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

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Los Angeles Kings goalie Cam Talbot (39) makes the save as Kings' Matt Roy (3) and Edmonton Oilers' Corey Perry (90) battle for a rebound during the first period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Zach Hyman helped make sure the Edmonton Oilers avoided another early first-round playoff series hole.

Los Angeles Kings' Phillip Danault (24) and Edmonton Oilers' Mattias Janmark (13) battle for the puck during the first period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings' Phillip Danault (24) and Edmonton Oilers' Mattias Janmark (13) battle for the puck during the first period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings' Phillip Danault (24) skates past the Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97), Adam Henrique (19) and Evan Bouchard (2) who celebrate after a goal during the first period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings' Phillip Danault (24) skates past the Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97), Adam Henrique (19) and Evan Bouchard (2) who celebrate after a goal during the first period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings and the Edmonton Oilers rough it up during the first period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings and the Edmonton Oilers rough it up during the first period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings' Anze Kopitar (11), Quinton Byfield (55), Adrian Kempe (9) and Matt Roy (3) celebrate a goal as Edmonton Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner (74) looks on during the second period of Game 1 in first round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings' Anze Kopitar (11), Quinton Byfield (55), Adrian Kempe (9) and Matt Roy (3) celebrate a goal as Edmonton Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner (74) looks on during the second period of Game 1 in first round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings goalie Cam Talbot (39) is scored on by Edmonton Oilers' Zach Hyman (18) as Mikey Anderson (44) and Adam Henrique (19) battle in front during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings goalie Cam Talbot (39) is scored on by Edmonton Oilers' Zach Hyman (18) as Mikey Anderson (44) and Adam Henrique (19) battle in front during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings' Jordan Spence (21) tries to stop Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid during the second period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings' Jordan Spence (21) tries to stop Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid during the second period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings' Drew Doughty (8) reacts to an empty net goal by the Edmonton Oilers during the third period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings' Drew Doughty (8) reacts to an empty net goal by the Edmonton Oilers during the third period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings goalie Cam Talbot (39) is scored on by Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) during the second period of Game 1 in first round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings goalie Cam Talbot (39) is scored on by Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) during the second period of Game 1 in first round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings goalie Cam Talbot (39) is scored on by Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings goalie Cam Talbot (39) is scored on by Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings' Matt Roy (3) skates past as Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97), Zach Hyman (18), Evan Bouchard (2) and Leon Draisaitl (29) as they celebrate a goal during the third period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings' Matt Roy (3) skates past as Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97), Zach Hyman (18), Evan Bouchard (2) and Leon Draisaitl (29) as they celebrate a goal during the third period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Zach Hyman (18) celebrates his hat trick against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Zach Hyman (18) celebrates his hat trick against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Zach Hyman (18) celebrates a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Zach Hyman (18) celebrates a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Mattias Ekholm (14), Evan Bouchard (2) and Zach Hyman (18) celebrate after a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Mattias Ekholm (14), Evan Bouchard (2) and Zach Hyman (18) celebrate after a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

“I thought we had a good start, I thought we were good in the first period, worked our way to a 2-0 lead and I thought we showed good energy and we played really well in the first,” McDavid said.

Adam Henrique, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Leon Draisaitl and Warren Foegele also scored and Evan Bouchard chipped in with four assists for the Oilers, who had lost the first game of their last seven playoff series and had not won Game 1 of a series on home ice since 1990.

Stuart Skinner finished with 33 saves.

“I thought it was a great overall performance,” Bouchard said. “We got on them early like we wanted to do. They pushed, but we battled back and it worked out in our favor. ... Whenever you can get up in a series it’s always a good feeling, especially the way we did it.”

Edmonton is 21-3 all-time when taking a 1-0 lead in a best-of-seven series.

Mikey Anderson, Adrian Kempe, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Trevor Moore scored for the Kings, who were eliminated in the opening round by the Oilers in each of the previous two seasons. Cam Talbot had 38 saves.

“That’s not our model. That’s not the way we play. It’s frustrating,” veteran Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. “We just have to put that game in the past and get back to doing what we do best and that’s playing good two-way hockey.

“We’re down 1-0, but we can easily win and make it 1-1 next game. We have to put it behind us, and learn from what we did wrong and fix what we did wrong and bring it into the next game.”

Game 2 of the best-of-7 series is Wednesday night.

Hyman, who rang a shot off the post a few minutes earlier, started the scoring 6:52 into the opening period. McDavid spun off a defender and then sent a backhand pass in front to Hyman, who beat Talbot. Hyman had 54 goals in the regular season.

Edmonton made it 2-0 less than three minutes later as Henrique, who was picked up at the trade deadline from Anaheim, fired a perfect wrist shot top corner for his first goal in his first postseason appearance in six years. Henrique set a Stanley Cup playoff record for the longest span between goals, his last goal coming 4,333 days earlier when he was in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final in 2012 with the New Jersey Devils.

McDavid continued to work his magic 4:50 into the second period as he once again spun out from behind the net and sent another pretty backhand pass in front to Hyman for his second of the night. The goal came right on the heels of the Kings’ best opportunity to that point when Viktor Arvidsson was stopped on a breakaway by Skinner.

Edmonton added another goal on the power play 8:24 into the second period as Draisaitl spotted Nugent-Hopkins at the backdoor to make it 4-0.

The Kings finally got on the board with 9:04 to play in the second period as Anderson sent a long shot through traffic that got past Skinner for his first career playoff goal.

Los Angeles looked to have struck again less than two minutes later, but was waved off a video review indicated that a shot went off of Trevor Lewis’s glove and was directed into the net.

The Kings did score with 2:04 to play in the middle period as Kempe sent a shot on net that deflected off of defender Bouchard and into the Oilers net to make it 4-2.

Draisaitl scored from a tough angle on a power play at 1:08 of the third.

The Oilers scored a third power-play goal at 6:17 of the third period as Hyman took up position at the side of the net and allowed McDavid to bank it off his stick to finish the hat trick.

Oiler fans peppered the ice with 1,131 hats.

“It is good for the Oilers Store,” said a laughing Hyman, who had four hat tricks during the season. “That is crazy. I have never seen so many hats. It is pretty special to do it here in front of the fans.”

Dubois and Moore scored late to make it 6-4, before Foegele had an empty-netter to seal the win.

Anze Kopitar played in his 93rd career playoff game, passing Dustin Brown, Dave Taylor and Jonathan Quick for second- most in Kings franchise history. He is only one game back of all-time playoff leader Luc Robitaille.

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Los Angeles Kings goalie Cam Talbot (39) makes the save as Kings' Matt Roy (3) and Edmonton Oilers' Corey Perry (90) battle for a rebound during the first period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings goalie Cam Talbot (39) makes the save as Kings' Matt Roy (3) and Edmonton Oilers' Corey Perry (90) battle for a rebound during the first period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings' Phillip Danault (24) and Edmonton Oilers' Mattias Janmark (13) battle for the puck during the first period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings' Phillip Danault (24) and Edmonton Oilers' Mattias Janmark (13) battle for the puck during the first period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings' Phillip Danault (24) skates past the Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97), Adam Henrique (19) and Evan Bouchard (2) who celebrate after a goal during the first period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings' Phillip Danault (24) skates past the Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97), Adam Henrique (19) and Evan Bouchard (2) who celebrate after a goal during the first period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings and the Edmonton Oilers rough it up during the first period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings and the Edmonton Oilers rough it up during the first period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings' Anze Kopitar (11), Quinton Byfield (55), Adrian Kempe (9) and Matt Roy (3) celebrate a goal as Edmonton Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner (74) looks on during the second period of Game 1 in first round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings' Anze Kopitar (11), Quinton Byfield (55), Adrian Kempe (9) and Matt Roy (3) celebrate a goal as Edmonton Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner (74) looks on during the second period of Game 1 in first round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings goalie Cam Talbot (39) is scored on by Edmonton Oilers' Zach Hyman (18) as Mikey Anderson (44) and Adam Henrique (19) battle in front during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings goalie Cam Talbot (39) is scored on by Edmonton Oilers' Zach Hyman (18) as Mikey Anderson (44) and Adam Henrique (19) battle in front during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings' Jordan Spence (21) tries to stop Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid during the second period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings' Jordan Spence (21) tries to stop Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid during the second period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings' Drew Doughty (8) reacts to an empty net goal by the Edmonton Oilers during the third period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings' Drew Doughty (8) reacts to an empty net goal by the Edmonton Oilers during the third period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings goalie Cam Talbot (39) is scored on by Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) during the second period of Game 1 in first round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings goalie Cam Talbot (39) is scored on by Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) during the second period of Game 1 in first round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings goalie Cam Talbot (39) is scored on by Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings goalie Cam Talbot (39) is scored on by Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings' Matt Roy (3) skates past as Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97), Zach Hyman (18), Evan Bouchard (2) and Leon Draisaitl (29) as they celebrate a goal during the third period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings' Matt Roy (3) skates past as Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97), Zach Hyman (18), Evan Bouchard (2) and Leon Draisaitl (29) as they celebrate a goal during the third period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Zach Hyman (18) celebrates his hat trick against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Zach Hyman (18) celebrates his hat trick against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Zach Hyman (18) celebrates a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Zach Hyman (18) celebrates a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Mattias Ekholm (14), Evan Bouchard (2) and Zach Hyman (18) celebrate after a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Mattias Ekholm (14), Evan Bouchard (2) and Zach Hyman (18) celebrate after a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period of Game 1 in first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 2024. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

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Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, who skewered fast food industry, dies at 53

2024-05-24 23:38 Last Updated At:23:40

NEW YORK (AP) — Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, an Oscar nominee whose most famous works skewered America's food industry and who notably ate only at McDonald’s for a month to illustrate the dangers of a fast-food diet, has died. He was 53.

Spurlock died Thursday in New York from complications of cancer, according to a statement issued Friday by his family.

“It was a sad day, as we said goodbye to my brother Morgan,” Craig Spurlock, who worked with him on several projects, said in the statement. “Morgan gave so much through his art, ideas, and generosity. The world has lost a true creative genius and a special man. I am so proud to have worked together with him.”

Spurlock made a splash in 2004 with his groundbreaking film “Super Size Me,” which was nominated for an Academy Award. The film chronicled the detrimental physical and psychological effects of Spurlock eating only McDonald’s food for 30 days. He gained about 25 pounds, saw a spike in his cholesterol and lost his sex drive.

“Everything’s bigger in America,” he said in the film. “We’ve got the biggest cars, the biggest houses, the biggest companies, the biggest food, and finally: the biggest people.”

In one scene, Spurlock showed kids a photo of George Washington and none recognized the Founding Father. But they all instantly knew the mascots for Wendy’s and McDonald’s.

The film grossed more than $22 million on a $65,000 budget and preceded the release of Eric Schlosser’s influential “Fast Food Nation,” which accused the industry of being bad for the environment and rife with labor issues.

Spurlock returned in 2019 with “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!” — a sober look at an industry that processes 9 billion animals a year in America. He focused on two issues: chicken farmers stuck in a peculiar financial system and the attempt by fast-food chains to deceive customers into thinking they’re eating healthier.

“We’re at an amazing moment in history from a consumer standpoint where consumers are starting to have more and more power,” he told The Associated Press in 2019. “It’s not about return for the shareholders. It’s about return for the consumers.”

Spurlock was a gonzo-like filmmaker who leaned into the bizarre and ridiculous. His stylistic touches included zippy graphics and amusing music, blending a Michael Moore-ish camera-in-your-face style with his own sense of humor and pathos.

“I wanted to be able to lean into the serious moments. I wanted to be able to breathe in the moments of levity. We want to give you permission to laugh in the places where it’s really hard to laugh,” he told the AP.

After he exposed the fast-food and chicken industries, there was an explosion in restaurants stressing freshness, artisanal methods, farm-to-table goodness and ethically sourced ingredients. But nutritionally not much had changed.

“There has been this massive shift and people say to me, ‘So has the food gotten healthier?’ And I say, ‘Well, the marketing sure has,’” he said.

Not all his work dealt with food. Spurlock made documentaries about the boy band One Direction and the geeks and fanboys at Comic-Con. One of his films looked at life behind bars at the Henrico County Jail in Virginia.

With 2008's “Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?” Spurlock went on a global search to find the al-Qaida leader, who was killed in 2011. In “POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” Spurlock tackled questions of product placement, marketing and advertising.

“Being aware is half the battle, I think. Literally knowing all the time when you’re being marketed to is a great thing,” Spurlock told AP at the time. “A lot of people don’t realize it. They can’t see the forest for the trees."

“Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!” was to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017 but it was shelved at the height of the #MeToo movement when Spurlock came forward to detail his own history of sexual misconduct.

He confessed that he had been accused of rape while in college and had settled a sexual harassment case with a female assistant. He also admitted to cheating on numerous partners. “I am part of the problem,” he wrote.

“For me, there was a moment of kind of realization — as somebody who is a truth-teller and somebody who has made it a point of trying to do what’s right — of recognizing that I could do better in my own life. We should be able to admit we were wrong,” he told the AP.

Spurlock grew up in Beckley, West Virginia. His mother was an English teacher who he remembered would correct his work with a red pen. He graduated with a BFA in film from New York University in 1993.

He is survived by two sons — Laken and Kallen; his mother Phyllis Spurlock; father Ben; brothers Craig and Barry; and former spouses Alexandra Jamieson and Sara Bernstein, the mothers of his children.

Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits

FILE - Morgan Spurlock of the CNN series "Inside Man" poses at the CNN Worldwide All-Star Party, on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. Spurlock, an Oscar-nominee who made food and American diets his life’s work, famously eating only at McDonald’s for a month to illustrate the dangers of a fast-food diet, has died. He was 53. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

FILE - Morgan Spurlock of the CNN series "Inside Man" poses at the CNN Worldwide All-Star Party, on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. Spurlock, an Oscar-nominee who made food and American diets his life’s work, famously eating only at McDonald’s for a month to illustrate the dangers of a fast-food diet, has died. He was 53. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

FILE - Director Morgan Spurlock from the film "Focus Forward" poses for a portrait during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival at the Fender Music Lodge on Jan. 21, 2013 in Park City, Utah. Spurlock, an Oscar-nominee who made food and American diets his life’s work, famously eating only at McDonald’s for a month to illustrate the dangers of a fast-food diet, has died. He was 53. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File)

FILE - Director Morgan Spurlock from the film "Focus Forward" poses for a portrait during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival at the Fender Music Lodge on Jan. 21, 2013 in Park City, Utah. Spurlock, an Oscar-nominee who made food and American diets his life’s work, famously eating only at McDonald’s for a month to illustrate the dangers of a fast-food diet, has died. He was 53. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File)

FILE - Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock arrives at the premiere of "Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold" in Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 20, 2011. Spurlock, an Oscar-nominee who made food and American diets his life’s work, famously eating only at McDonald’s for a month to illustrate the dangers of a fast-food diet, has died. He was 53. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

FILE - Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock arrives at the premiere of "Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold" in Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 20, 2011. Spurlock, an Oscar-nominee who made food and American diets his life’s work, famously eating only at McDonald’s for a month to illustrate the dangers of a fast-food diet, has died. He was 53. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

FILE - Morgan Spurlock poses at the Los Angeles premiere of his film "Super Size Me," Thursday night, April 22, 2004, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Spurlock, an Oscar-nominee who made food and American diets his life’s work, famously eating only at McDonald’s for a month to illustrate the dangers of a fast-food diet, has died. He was 53. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

FILE - Morgan Spurlock poses at the Los Angeles premiere of his film "Super Size Me," Thursday night, April 22, 2004, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Spurlock, an Oscar-nominee who made food and American diets his life’s work, famously eating only at McDonald’s for a month to illustrate the dangers of a fast-food diet, has died. He was 53. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

FILE - Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock participate in the BUILD Speaker Series to discuss the film, "Go North", at AOL Studios on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, in New York. Spurlock, an Oscar-nominee who made food and American diets his life’s work, famously eating only at McDonald’s for a month to illustrate the dangers of a fast-food diet, has died. He was 53. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

FILE - Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock participate in the BUILD Speaker Series to discuss the film, "Go North", at AOL Studios on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, in New York. Spurlock, an Oscar-nominee who made food and American diets his life’s work, famously eating only at McDonald’s for a month to illustrate the dangers of a fast-food diet, has died. He was 53. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

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