Right. But here’s the thing. There’s a scene wished I could have put in the film. People think that there’s somebody behind the curtain pulling the strings, like a Simon Cowell who is this Oz-like svengali saying, ‘Dance, monkeys! You do what I say’. Maybe in the beginning as they were trying to figure out what the band was going to be there was more of this; I don’t know. What happens now is these five guys literally decide the fate of everything that happens with the band. They vote, they have a meeting, they vote on everything that happens: are we going to do stadiums, are we going to do matinee, are we going to endorse this product, are we going to have this person sponsor the tour. These guys vote on everything that happens. There’s a little democracy of the five of them, and that’s an incredible thing to see. It dispels a lot of the ideas of the factory nature of what the band is, but we just couldn’t make that scene fit in the film. It’s amazing to see that.
Morgan Spurlock, in response to NME saying One Direction are “as a aggressively marketed product as a Big Mac.”
People know that Zayn is a wonderful singer and that the guy is incredibly talented—but he’s a really great artist as well. He’s fantastically artistic. We went back home and spent the day with him, and he painted at his house. He’s got a graffiti studio in his house and that’s just how he unwinds. He has friends over and he listens to music and he paints and he hangs out. For him, there’s nothing more important than being home and being surrounded by people that he loves. There’s something really wonderful about that.
We were staying in this really crazy, incredibly ornate hotel in the middle of like Nottingham and Zayn had this huge room that had two bedrooms in it. He said, ‘I can’t sleep in here, man. It’s just too weird. It’s too creepy for me. I’d rather stay on the bus.’ So, he went back and slept on the bus.
Morgan Spurlock, 'One Direction: This Is Us' director: Zayn Malik 'struggled the most' with touring demands
Morgan Spurlock got to know the men of One Direction pretty well while he was directing their documentary “This Is Us,” and he told HuffPost Live on Tuesday that he always knew ex-member Zayn Malik struggled with fame.
Malik, who Spurlock called “probably my favorite guy in the band” and “probably the best singer in the group,” announced last week that he was leaving One Direction to return to being “a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight.”
Spurlock told HuffPost Live’s Ricky Camilleri that he saw that sentiment in Malik from the time they met:
He always struggled with being on the road. He’s a homebody. He wanted nothing more than to sit in his house and spray paint and draw and do art, and I think this explosion that happened to him – which was something none of them ever predicted – but I think he was the one who struggled with it the most. And being away, being on the road, being away from his girlfriend I think finally just got to him, and I think he said, “I’m done.”
Unbeknownst to Spurlock, a Malik solo track called “I Won’t Mind” was uploaded online less than a week after his departure was announced, leading to speculation that Malik actually left the band to pursue his own career.
One Direction has sold 30 million records and the boys have been invited to the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama (they couldn’t make it, though). But the really important thing about One Direction is that they are venerated by a violent, ravenous international cult of adolescents.
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