FEELING GUILTY OVER A JULY 4 FEAST? AT LEAST YOU AREN'T JOEY CHESTNUT
Height: 6'1" Weight: 230 pounds
11-time winner of Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest
HOT DOGS EATEN LAST YEAR
IN ORDER TO BURN THAT OFF HE'D HAVE TO DO...
HOURS OF JUMPING JACKS
2.8 burned per hour
HOURS OF VIGOROUS STATIONARY BIKING
3.67 burned per hour
HOURS OF FREESTYLE SWIMMING
3.5 burned per hour
HOURS OF PLAYING WII DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION
2.45 burned per hour
SOURCE: WEBMD EXERCISE CALCULATOR
When ESPN approached Nicole Lucas Haimes about creating a 30 for 30 about the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, she didn't know such a competition existed. So she sat down and watched a string of winning performances from rivals Takeru Kobayashi and Joey Chestnut. "I felt awed and queasy at the same time," the filmmaker says. "I was astonished, and it hurt my stomach." But then, she says, "I started to think deeply about what the nature of eating is." She was intrigued.
After spending time with both men (above), Haimes realized the story also touched on issues of belonging and patriotism. (The competition, after all, is an Independence Day staple.) So yes, The Good, The Bad, The Hungry, which premieres on July 3 on ESPN, is full of hot dogs. But it's equally stuffed with humor and heart.