“To compare Kobayashi to Tiger Woods is a slight against Kobayashi,” opens the trailer for ESPN’s upcoming 30 For 30 documentary, The Good, the Bad, The Hungry. The upcoming documentary (July 2) covers the world of competitive eating, the rise of Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest and the ongoing competition between hot-dog eating champions Joey Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi.
Director Nicole Lucas Haimes told Rolling Stone about the documentary,
In making The Good, The Bad, The Hungry, I realized that beyond the rivalry between Kobayashi and Chestnut, there were greater themes at play than just who could eat the most hot dogs. The film ultimately became a classic American tale exploring the notion of personal fulfillment, as well as touching on greater ideas around nationalism, truth, and power.
More importantly though, Chestnut weighs in on a very important debate that he is uniquely qualified to answer: Is a hot dog a sandwich?
No, it’s separate. If you consider a hot dog a sandwich, then you have to consider other things, like a burrito, a sandwich, or…just because it’s wrapped…or it’s a bun, it’s not really sliced bread. It’s encased meat. There are just so many differences. Like if you go to a sandwich shop, you’re not going to get a hot dog. It’s pretty rare to get a hot dog at a sandwich shop.
ESPN 30 for 30's next film will dig into one of the biggest rivalries in sports: Takeru Kobayashi vs. Joey Chestnut."The Good, The Bad, The Hungry" premieres July 2.
Posted by ESPN on Tuesday, May 28, 2019