Michael Jackson Curated
American Singer, Songwriter & Dancer
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How was your life as a child?
Is it true that you were heavily disciplined by your father while practising?
How would your father treat you and your brothers?
What role do children play in your life?
How do you respond when people object to children staying with you?
It is true that you had undergone multiple plastic surgeries?
How strong is the bond between your children and their mother?
How did you select the surrogate mother for your child?
When do you plan to have your next child?
Do you think it is appropriate to share your bedroom with other children?
How did you feel when you first heard the allegation that was being made against you relating to child abuse?
Is it true that you did not go to jail because you agreed on a financial settlement with the family?
When did you first meet Lisa Marie Presley?
Did you ever abuse children physically?
Could you speak about the allegation that was made against you and the financial settlement you opted for?
Did you ever feel suicidal?
Are you planning to adopt children?
Did you ever feel disappointed with any music you have composed?
What do you find to be the most difficult thing while composing your music?
What sacrifices were involved when you started performing as a child artist?
Did you feel that your father was strict?
Did you use bleach in order to change your skin tone?
When did the colour of your skin start to change?
Why do you say that you feel like an animal in a cage?
Would you say that you never had to deal with the real world?
How did it feel to have a number one album in every country worldwide?
Have there been any artists who have influenced you?
Did you have to top yourself all the time and was that the hardest part?
How long would you take to come up with a song?
What has been your philosophy in life?
Were you a prayerful person?
What did you think your purpose of being in the world was?
What did you want the world to know about you?
The color of your skin is different than what it was when you were younger, and it has caused a great deal of speculation and controversy as to what you have done or what you were doing. Are you bleaching your skin and having the skin lighter because you don’t like being black?
How did your marriage with Lisa Marie Presley happen?
Where did you find the time to do all your writing, like writing lyrics?
On airplanes. I was coming back from England working on Paul McCartney’s album, zooming along on the Concorde, and this song popped into my head. I said, “Hey, that’s perfect for Diana!” I didn’t have a tape recorder or anything so I had to suffer for like three hours. Soon as I got home I whipped that baby on tape.
You were from Gary, Indiana. What was it like growing up there?
Actually, I was so small I don’t remember. When I was five I was touring, singing and dancing. Always gone, always out of school. I just remember little things like the corner store or certain people in the neighborhood. The high school behind us always had a big band with trumpets and trombones and drums coming down the street—I used to love that—like a parade. That’s all I remember.
Did you like performing as a child? Did you always love it?
Always did. I always enjoyed the feeling of being on stage—the magic that comes. When I hit the stage it’s like all of a sudden a magic from somewhere just comes and the spirit just hits you and you just lose control of yourself. I came on stage at Quincy’s [Jones] concert at the Rose Bowl and I did not want to go on stage. I was ducking and hiding and hoping he wouldn’t see me hiding behind people when he called me on. Then I went up there and I just went crazy. I started climbing up the scaffold, the speakers, the light gear. The audience started getting into it and I started dancing and singing and that’s what happens.
How would you compare acting to performing on the stage?
I love both. Acting is the cream of the crop. I love performing. It’s a phenomenal getaway. It you want to really let our everything you feel, that’s the time to do it. With acting, it’s like becoming another person. I think that’s neat, especially when you totally forget. If you totally forget, which I love to do, that’s when it’s magic. I love to create magic—to put something together that’s so unusual, so unexpected that it blows people’s heads off. Something ahead of the times. Five steps ahead of what people are thinking. So people see it and say, “Whoa. I wasn’t expecting that.” I love surprising people with a present of a gift or a stage performance or anything. I love John Travolta, who came off that Kotter show. Nobody knew he could dance or do all of those things. He is like—boom. Before he knew it, he was the next big Brando or something.
Have you been a fan of old movies?
Oh, yes. There was a lot of great art, great acting, great directing, great stories. When it comes to stuff like Captains Courageous or Boys’ Town, Father Flanagan, Woman of the Year—that stuff is unreal.
It seems that what really motivated you is your desire to entertain people, to please people. What about fame and money? Had you imagined not being famous or did being famous bother you?
It never has bothered me except sometimes when you want peace. Like you go to the theater and you say, “Nobody’s bothering me tonight, I’m wearing my hat and glasses and I’m going to enjoy this film and that’s all there is to it.” You get there and everybody’s watching and staring at you and at the climax of the film somebody taps you on the shoulder for an autograph. You just feel like you can’t get away.
What was your typical day like?
Daydreaming most of the day. I get up early and get ready for whatever I’ve got to do, songwriting or whatever it is. Planning the future and stuff.
Did you care about fashion much?
No. I care about what I wear on stage. You know what I love, though? I don’t care about everyday clothes. I love putting on an outfit or a costume and just looking at myself in the mirror. Baggy pants or some real funky shoes and a hat and just feeling the character of it. That’s fun to me.
Did you like to act a lot just in everyday life?
I love it so much. It’s escape. It’s fun. It’s just neat to become another thing, another person. Especially when you really believe it and it’s not like you’re acting. I always hated the world “acting”—to say, “I’m an actor.” It should be more like a believer.
You liked to forget. Did you think life is really hard?
No, maybe it’s because I just like jumping in other people’s lives and exploring. Like Charlie Chaplin. I just love him to death. The little tramp, the whole gear and everything, and his heart—everything he portrayed on the screen was a truism. It was his whole life. He was born in London, and his father died an alcoholic when he was six. His mother was in an insane asylum. He roamed the streets of England, begging, poor, hungry. All this reflects on the screen and that’s what I like to do, to bring all of the truths out.
Did you care about making money?
I care about being paid fairly for what I do. When I approach a project, I put my whole heart and soul into it. Because I really care about it, I put everything I’ve got into it and I want to be paid. That guy who works should eat. It’s that simple.
What kind of car did you have? Did you like driving it?
A Rolls. A black one. I never want to drive. My parents forced me to drive. Quincy doesn’t drive. A lot of people I know don’t drive.
Were you interested in art?
I love to draw—pencil, ink pen—I love art. When I go on tour and visit museums in Holland, Germany, or England—you know those huge paintings?—I’m just amazed. You don’t think a painter could do something like that I can look at a piece of sculpture or a painting and totally lose myself in it. Standing there watching it and becoming part of the scene. It can draw tears, it can touch you so much. See, that’s where I think the actor or performer should be—to touch that truth inside of a person. Touch that reality so much that they become a part of what you’re going and you can take them anywhere you want to. You’re happy, they’re happy. Whatever the human emotion, they’re right there with you. I love realism. I don’t like plastics. Deep down inside we’re all the same. We all have the same emotions and that’s why a film like E.T.touches everybody. Who doesn’t want to fly like Peter Pan? Who doesn’t want to fly with some magic creature from outer space and be friends with him? Steven went straight to the heart. He knows—when in doubt, go for the heart.
You were religious, weren’t you?
Yes, I believe in the Bible and I believe in God who’s name is Jehovah and that whole thing.
Did you read a lot?
Yes. I love to read. I like philosophy and short stories. I like to keep up with the latest best-sellers. The Calendar in the Sunday L.A. Times is my favorite paper. It really lets you know what’s going on everywhere. I have my favorite authors—it’s not like I just read the best-sellers. I like to see what they are doing and keep with what people are interested in. There’s a lot of physical stuff now.
Did you exercise?
Every Sunday I dance for 30 minutes straight without stopping. I love to do that.
You don’t read page one of the newspaper. Is it too depressing?
Yes. It’s always the same old thing. I like to make people happy. That’s what’s great about show business. It’s escapism. You pay your five bucks to get in and sit there and you’re in another world. Forget about the problems in the world. It’s wonderful. It’s entertaining. It’s magic.
To what extent has your belief in divinity influenced your life?
"I believe in God. We all do. We like to be straight, don't go crazy or anything. Not to the point of losing our perspective on life, of what you are and who you are. A lot of entertainers, they make money and they spend the rest of their life celebrating that one goal they reached, and with that celebration comes the drugs and the liquor and the alcohol. And then they try to straighten up and they say, 'Who am I? Where am I? What happened?' And they lost themselves, and they're broken. You have to be careful and have some kind of discipline."
How did you escape the madness?
"I go to museums and learn and study. I don't do sports - it's dangerous. There's a lot of money being counted on, and we don't want to risk anything. My brother hurt his leg in a basketball game and we had to cancel the concert, and just because of him having an hour of fun, thousands of people missed the show, and we were being sued left and right because of a game. I don't think it's worth it ... I try to be real careful."