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Page to Screen: 'Fast Food Nation'

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Page to Screen: 'Fast Food Nation'

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Page to Screen: 'Fast Food Nation'

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Greg Kinnear (left) and Director Richard Linklater on the set of Fast Food Nation Matt Lankes hide caption

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Eric Schlosser's non-fiction book Fast Food Nation was a stomach-churning bestseller when it came out in 2001. It traced the dark realities behind America's favorite restaurants, what they serve, who serves it, and is widely hailed as the successor to The Jungle, Upton Sinclair's turn-of-the-century expose of Chicago meatpackers.

In The Jungle's 100th anniversary year, Fast Food Nation is reborn on the big screen, not as a documentary, but as a feature film with a cast that includes many famous names. The picture was co-written by Eric Schlosser and Richard Linklater, who also directed. They discuss the film and the work of adaptation.

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