30 March 2012 4:10 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The film-maker talks about life as a 'fatty' and his altercation with Southwest Airlines that became an international news story

Weight has always been an issue. Two years ago it all came to a head when I was thrown off a flight by Southwest Airlines for being "too fat". The airline suggested I was too big for one seat and that I needed two. Now, I'm the first to admit I'm fat, but I'm not that fat and never have been. Astonishingly, for three awful days, it became the world's biggest story. But more of that later.

The first time I became body-conscious was when I was nine and went to the water park with my cousin. We were having a blast going down the slide when this dude at the top goes, "Sorry, man, pregnant ladies are not allowed on the slide." The first five people behind me were like, »

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