When you see a story of Ben Affleck and other A-list actors taking a challenge of eating on only $1.50 per day, respect is in order. But then, so does documented proof to make sure that the challenge truly is met and not only in theory. Considering Affleck seems to be a stand-up guy, it wouldn’t be surprising if he allowed cameras to follow him around to see how he manages.
Would the non-profit organization of Live Below the Line allow cameras to follow select celebrities to see how they fare with a poverty level food budget? A documentary straight from the source would give considerable amount of exposure for the organization, as well as The Global Poverty Project. So far, though, reports are that Affleck and the other participating celebs will only tweet their experiences on Twitter.
Of course, money is also needed to create a documentary. What would such a documentary prove when it has to follow five other celebrities (including Sophia Bush and Josh Groban) doing the same food-buying challenge? It’s easy to miss all the details when just reading tweets, and video can reveal much more about what the realities truly are.
If such a documentary were made, audiences would find out just how tough it really is buying food on only $1.50 a day. In fact, the harrowing aspect of it would be in how little of healthy produce it can buy, if barely anything at all. That’s not to say something healthy such as a tin of sardines couldn’t be bought for around $1.
It’s those details that would be well worth documenting, especially from Ben Affleck who’s arguably the most powerful movie star in America right now. Fortunately, he has real poverty in his background, which gives him a place to tap into for sanity. He possibly keeps those days consistently in mind the minute a silver platter is ever served.
That’s what makes a documentary on this subject all the more important: It gives a new look at celebrity and how those individuals with millions of dollars process it all while tens of millions of people suffer in poverty. For Affleck, we might find out that doing this not only raises money for those stricken with poverty, but it also serves as a way to keep the actor grounded when success goes into the stratosphere.
The same applies to all those other celebrities taking part and how it affects them. No doubt we’d find out they all have differing perspectives (perhaps not all flattering) based on their upbringing and ability to stay within reality. And how the documentary ends would give compelling power to what they accomplished.
Yes, the ending and showing the celebrity’s life afterward would provide a new portrait of notable people that may bring trepidation in what it reveals. Then again, poverty is hard to watch, and seeing how eating on a $1.50 a day changes each of those celebrities afterward is something you don’t see every day. It’s the stuff that attracts Oscar within the ever-growing importance of the documentary category.
So let’s get the cameras rolling. Or at least pose a challenge for other celebrities to do the same budget challenge for recurring, follow-up documentaries.