Michael Jackson never went HollywoodPublished by Clay Cane on Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 12:00 am.
Nowadays, if you have multi-platinum success or a minor hit record, you are running to Hollywood to become a box office superstar. Beyonce, 50 Cent, Usher – the list is endless. But, the late-great King of Pop never ventured into Hollywood. The icon was strictly focused on the music and in retrospect it’s refreshing to think he didn’t need “movie star” under his belt. Take Prince for example, his Purple Badness did well with Purple Rain but Under the Cherry Moon and Graffiti Bridge are movies that even Prince’s greatest fans dislike. Who can forget Madonna’s string of film disasters from the ’80s to the ’90s?
Michael did one movie in his over 40-year career in the entertainment industry. In 1978, he starred in The Wiz, along with Diana Ross, as the Scarecrow. While the film failed at the box office, Michael’s performance was praised and his duet with Miss Ross, “Ease On Down the Road,” hit #41 on the Billboard Hot 100. One can only imagine the doors of Hollywood were open to MJ. He was supposed to play in a remake of Peter Pan, which never happened. Despite some small movie cameos — the King of Pop didn’t want to become the King of Hollywood, which he probably could’ve done if he wanted to.
Nonetheless, Mike did work with the Hollywood A-list in his videos that were like mini-movies. Martin Scorsese directed “Bad,” John Landis was on “Thriller” and “Black or White,” and Spike Lee directed “They Don’t Care About Us.”
Check out the clip of Michael in The Wiz.