Controversial filmmaker Michael Moore was hospitalized this week in New York City with pneumonia while he was promoting his upcoming film.
The “Fahrenheit 9/11” filmmaker said he was admitted to the intensive care unit last weekend ahead of the release of his latest film “Where to Invade Next,” which hits theaters Feb. 12, ABC News reported.
On Friday, Mr. Moore asked his fans to help continue to promote the film, described on its website as a comedy in which Mr. Moore “confronts the most pressing issues facing America today and finds solutions in the most unlikely places.”
“I have to be honest, with my absence this week (and probably into next), I’m now worried about my film’s release,” he wrote on Facebook. “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.”
He urged his fans to “pitch in where you live (and on [social] media) to let people know about my movie.”
Mr. Moore said he expected to be discharged from this hospital on Friday but it is unclear whether he has left yet.
He blamed his illness on a grueling schedule promoting the film, supporting Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and drawing attention to the poisoned water scandal in his hometown of Flint, Mich.