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Moore aims at fiction

MICHAEL Moore says he made his latest documentary, "Capitalism: A Love Story," as though it were his last. And it might be.

The George W. Bush antagonist of "Fahrenheit 9/11" and gun-control champion of "Bowling for Columbine" closing up shop? The General Motors jouster of "Roger & Me" and health care trouper of "Sicko" no longer in the documentary business?

"I'm saying it's a possibility, yeah," Moore said in an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival, where "Capitalism" played in advance of its limited release in theaters on September 23 and nationwide rollout on October 2 in the United States.

"I've done this for 20 years. I started out by warning people about General Motors, and my whole career has been trying to say the emperor has no clothes here, and we better do something about it," Moore said.

"I've been having to sort of knock my head against the wall here for 20 years saying these things. Two years ago, I tried to get the health care debate going, and it did eventually, and now where are we? We may not even have it. What am I supposed to do at a certain point?"

Moore, 55, whose nonfiction projects include the television shows "TV Nation" and "The Awful Truth," wants to return to fiction.

He wrote and directed one fictional film, the 1995 comedy "Canadian Bacon," starring John Candy as an American county sheriff who goes on the warpath after the US president tries to boost his sagging image by provoking hostilities with Canada.


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