The Founder trailer Michael Keaton
The Founder trailer Michael Keaton

Michael Keaton Wasn't Interested in Playing 'Sugar-Coated' Version of McDonald's Mogul Ray Kroc in 'The Founder'

Michael Keaton talks about showing Ray Kroc — warts and all — in “The Founder.”

The actor said he told director John Lee Hancock that he didn’t want to hide the divisive figure’s imperfections. Kroc went from selling milkshake machines to franchising McDonald’s restaurants and creating the fast food empire we know today.

“I said to him, ‘You know, if we’re going to either wink or at the end of the movie go, he (wasn’t all that bad), I’m really not interested. Let’s tell the truth, let’s tell the story,'” he said. “I wasn’t interested in having it — I hate to use an overly-used word — but sugar-coated.”

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