Surprise! Michael Moore Loves 'The Bachelorette'

"I always watch the first night," the filmmaker admits. "I like to pick who I think will be in the final 10, then I don't watch for 10 weeks and come back to see."
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A version of this story first appeared in the Dec. 11 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Michael Moore is sick of nonfiction's status as the "bastard stepchild" in the film world, since it consistently finds wide audiences in print and on television.

"We should have huge audiences going to nonfiction cinema," he said during a New York Film Festival discussion. "Americans love nonfiction [TV] — some of those shows suck, like 'So You Wanna Dance With the Stars,' and some of them are 60 Minutes."

However, the Where to Invade Next helmer has an unexpected nonfiction TV tradition. "I always watch the first night of The Bachelorette!" he candidly admitted in his Produced By: New York keynote.

The satirical filmmaker — a self-proclaimed eternal optimist, though also binging on USA's somewhat nihilistic Mr. Robot — explained his specific screening strategy to The Hollywood Reporter: "I drop in to see what my take is on them trying to suss out who they want to get married to. … I like to try and pick who I think will be in the final 10, because then I don't watch it for another 10 weeks, and then I come back to see."

He laughed that season 11's surprise twist didn't throw him off-course. "The first night, they decided to have two Bachelorettes, so which one is it gonna be: her or the Canadian? That's how I separated [Britt Nilsson and Kaitlyn Bristowe]. Halfway through the [episode], I thought, 'It's gonna be the Canadian,' and she ended up being it."

Still, Moore — who splits his time between Traverse City, Mich., and New York City's Upper West Side neighborhood — says he's better at selecting female victors over male ones. "I usually pick the wrong guys because I keep thinking they'll go for more of the urban guy — remember [a few] years ago, there was the guy from New York?" he said, shaking his head and still mourning defeat.

Best of luck next season, Moore.

Where to Invade Next hits Los Angeles and New York theaters Dec. 23, and opens nationwide Jan. 15.

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