Sunday, April 18, 2010

Living with Michael Jackson (2003)


Living with Michael Jackson was a Granada Television documentary, in which British journalist Martin Bashir interviewed Michael Jackson over a span of 8 months, from May 2002 to January 2003. It was shown first in the UK on ITV (as a Tonight special) on 3 February 2003 and in the US three days later on ABC, with Barbara Walters presenting. The revelations of Jackson's controversial personal life in the programme was one of the many factors that led to his trial for child molestation.  Martin Bashir put the proposal to Jackson as a way to show the world the truth about him and "make nothing off limits." Jackson's decision to make the documentary was made on the suggestion by his close friend Uri Geller. It later emerged that Geller had turned down another 'bid' for the interview by journalist Louis Theroux. The interview was very unusual, as it had been extremely rare for Jackson to allow such access to his personal life, or to talk so freely about his traumatic childhood. Nevertheless, he did show some reserve when asked to discuss other personal issues, such as the plastic surgery he has had. Watch this documentary, and then you be the judge.

I am not sure if this is the doc that was on Tonight Special but it is good. Some call this "Living With Michael Jackson - The Footage You Were Never Meant To See". For what is worth it is a interesting doc.


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