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Fahrenheit 9/11 - Is Blair next for Moore?

Story by: Jack Foley

THE outspoken director of Fahrenheit 9/11 has not ruled out the possibility of doing a follow-up documentary, based on the role of our British Prime Minster, Tony Blair.

While the current movie includes two brief mentions of Mr Blair, including a hilarious send-up in a Bonanza sequence, Moore has refrained from commenting too closely on outside elements, preferring instead to concentrate his focus on US President, George Bush.

But in an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he did hint at the possibility of turning the focus on Blair, because he finds the British PM ‘a more fascinating character than Bush’.

Throwing down the gauntlet to the British nation, he added: "Blair is not an idiot, Blair is smart, what's his excuse? He knows better."

It is not the first time he has placed Mr Blair’s involvement in the Iraqi conflict under question, having fielded questions about the Prime Minister when promoting his film at Cannes (where it subsequently won the Palme d’Or).

Speaking during the same interview, he also stated that he felt the movie was, in some way, re-awakening Americans to the political situation since President Bush had taken power, and expressed the hope that the documentary would, in some way, influence this year’s forthcoming election.

He added that ‘considering the historic record-breaking box office it's been doing, I would say the film is accomplishing its goal’, in reference to the film’s phenomenal Box Office performance, where it enjoyed the most successful opening ever for a documentary and was only displaced by Spider-Man 2 at the top spot this weekend.

Asked whether he thought it might even contribute to Bush’s political downfall, he quipped ‘let’s wait and see in November’.

And not content with roasting his own nation’s government, Moore told an international press conference, in New York, on Tuesday (July 6, 2004), that he also hoped the global release of the film would bring ‘regime change’ in Australia and Japan, as well.

In addition, he is currently negotiating to have the film released in countries like China, without being censored.

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