Michael Moore revealed Thursday Feb. 4 that he’s currently in the Intensive Care Unit at a New York City hospital after being diagnosed with pneumonia. The director of Where to Invade Next, which opens wide Feb. 12, confirmed the news via Twitter.
On Friday morning, Moore provided another health update through his Facebook account where he cited his busy schedule as the cause for his current condition. “I read somewhere you can’t burn it at both ends, and if u do, it’s best not to do so in the winter nor anywhere near a place full of toxic water!,” he wrote.
Moore has been in ICU since Sunday night and will be released this Friday. He was scheduled to appear this week on Conan and Bill Maher’s HBO show, both interviews have been canceled.
“Thanks to a combination of good doctors, decent hospital food and 2nd-term Obamacare, I’m doing much better the last couple of days — so much so that I’m being discharged later today. I’m to return home and rest for the coming days. All appearances for the rest of this week have been canceled,” Moore said.
The filmmaker also asked his fans to help him promote his new documentary, which is being released by a nameless new company formed by former Radius-TWC heads Jason Janego and Tom Quinn and Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League.
“I have to be honest, with my absence this week (and probably into next), I’m now worried about my film’s release,” Moore wrote. “I can’t fly, I have to recover, and in one week (February 12th) this great movie I’ve put so much of my life into is going to open in theaters — with little or no assistance from me. So, would it be OK to enlist your help in a sort of quickly cobbled-together ‘army’ of grassroots foot soldiers, wherein you could pitch in where you live (and on social media) to let people know about my movie?”