And so the King of Pop has left the building for good. We here at Movie Talk would like to pay our filmic tribute to Michael Jackson with this recap of his quirky movie career, which allowed him to brush shoulders with some big (and some rather small) names in the industry:
In 1978, Sidney Lumet directed the musical The Wiz
John Landis directed the mega-hit music video to the mega-hit single Thriller. Landis also directed the music video for Black or White in 1991.
In 2002 Michael made a brief appearance in Men in Black II as Agent M:
Watch Men In Black II on G.O.L.D tomorrow at 21.50.
This role was spoofed in 2004 in adventure comedy Miss Cast Away
‘Stark Raving Dad’. He voiced bricklayer Leon Kompowsky, who thinks he is Michael Jackson and therefore lives at the New Bedlam Rest Home for the Emotionally Interesting.
And that he certainly was!