Joe Cross from Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead is currently doing a tour to promote his latest documentary, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2. He kindly gave up some time during a rest day in his busy schedule for a quick interview. In this, the second of 3 parts, Joe answers questions about his achievements and what motivates him.
Neil Martin: So what do you think is your biggest achievement in life so far Joe?
Joe Cross: My big achievement?
You know, I don’t think about it like that.
You know, I’d probably hope that I’m a son for my mum and dad that you can be proud of I guess. That would be the way that I would think about it. That’s just like somebody else, you know,
in that respect, you know. But I guess, for me I’m happy. I’m happy that I’m happy. I would say that my achievement would be that I am what I am today and I’m happy where I am and I don’t look back and have regrets and I don’t sit back and second guess what I’ve done or what I’m doing.
So, I think that’s an achievement in itself, if you can just be happy with where you are.
Neil Martin: No that’s awesome and I love the fact you said there, you know, having your mum and dad proud of you because I think that is something that everybody wants regardless what they do but you’ve been out, you’ve been around the world, you’ve inspired millions of people with your movies, literally millions of people, and I just love the fact the your first thought there was your mum and dad.
I mean, talking about, you know, talking about your two movies, your two movies have inspired millions of people, I mean obviously more the first one, because the second one is still new but hopefully it gonna do the same thing. But, what the two films that have really inspired you?
Joe Cross: You know I would say that Rocky, as a kid, the first Rocky film and the second one, but let’s call them one, I think they really inspired me. I remember going out and running and trying to get fit when I was like 10 or 12 or whenever it was when I saw that, that basically motivated me.
What else inspired me?
What other films inspired me? It’s a good question. You’re coming up with the good ones tonight here Neil.
I think I like stories of the underdog succeeding. I like it when a little guy conquers, because it sort is a story of hope and I think probably a great film that expresses that is the Shawshank Redemption. In that, he’s innocent, and then free. And I think that, I mean, thats an inspiring film. I think that, if I had to think about it, I’d say that probably, I’m probably not someone that is more inspired by film or book. I’m probably more inspired by stories of people and first hand accounts. And you know people in the reboot community who do what they do that inspires me more than probably a film or a book does. Inspiring stories of people in the war and what they’ve done in hard times and so on, and come from nothing, so there is a lot of inspiration out there.
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