Jim Morrison in Newly Discovered Interview: ‘Fat Is Beautiful’
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He’s been dead for decades — and the subject of countless retrospectives ever since — but that doesn’t mean we’ve heard and seen everything Jim Morrison committed to tape before he passed away. The latest example? A newly unearthed candid interview the Doors front man gave to director and journalist Howard Smith in 1969.
Rolling Stone shared the news of the four-minute clip, which is being broadcast as part of the new PBS series ‘Blank on Blank.’ Produced in conjunction with the broadcasting company’s digital studio division, it sets the audio of Morrison’s words against newly-created animation (a similar effect was used for the first installment of ‘Blank on Blank,’ which finds wizened talk show host Larry King discussing seduction.)
As for the substance of Morrison’s interview, it’s a little odd, but at least you can’t say he and Smith were talking about the same old stuff. This segment finds them discussing Morrison’s fondness for his college meal plan. “I felt like a large mammal. A big beast,” he recalls, looking back on his days as a 185-pound student. “When I’d move through the corridors or across the lawn, I just felt like I could knock anybody out of my way, you know. I was solid, man. It’s terrible to be thin and wispy because, you know, you could get knocked over by a strong wind or something. Fat is beautiful.”