2003 - Private Home Videos T.V. Special PDF Print E-mail

 

On the purpose of this T.V. special:

“Many people are wondering, why would I put my private, private home movies on television? Well… I thought it was time to do so because many people have opinions about me and they haven’t even met me. They don’t even know me. So, I thought it was time to open up, to show them who I really am. I’m just simply…Michael Jackson.”

On touring and his fans:

“The record company usually like for you to support your album and go on tour and er, (smiles) I don’t like to. I do like relating to the fans, giving the fans a chance to see you face to face as you go from Hong Kong to Africa to China to Brazil, you know, to Singapore, Switzerland, London, Paris, Russia and the stadiums are just jammed and the energy is great. It’s fantastic and we have, I mean, I don’t know how they enjoy the show. […] There’s usually like five thousand faints every night and we have all these doctors and paramedics, but it’s a difficult thing to tour. You go from one continent to another. You’re sleepy, the time zones are different. You can’t sleep after a show…the adrenaline is up here. […] I don’t like it […]. I go through hell. […] I go through hell touring! […] But […] there is a good part of touring. It’s the fans. I love my fans. You go to any city, anywhere in the world, they know all the songs, all the dance moves, everything. They even come with the tapes on their fingers, the hats, the gloves and everything. It’s just a wonderful experience. I love it. The fans are the reason why I do the tours and it’s very important to give the best show we can possibly give them. […] It’s a spiritual thing also, ‘cos when certain songs we play, like Heal the World, We are the World or Man in the Mirror, we could…the whole stadium is lit up with these, stick lighters they use and they know when to do it. They, you hit one chord and they know exactly what it is. It’s, it’s very emotional. I mean, it’s fun and I love to entertain. That’s one of my favorite things. […] One of the best moments is right here [during History Tour in Copenhagen, in 1996]. Right here. It’s right in the middle of the show and it’s my birthday and I’m thousands of miles away from my family. When they surprised me with the full marching band and then they brought out this huge, beautiful birthday cake. I realized that I’ve got family all over the world. Everywhere I go, because my fans really show me the love and I love them just as much.”

On his first Christmas actress and friend, Elizabeth Taylor created for him:

“I’ve met a lot of people in my life and very few are real, real, real friends. You could probably count them on one hand. And Elizabeth [Taylor] is one of the most loyal, loving, caring people that I know. She decided to transform Neverland into its first Christmas [in 1993] because I don’t celebrate Christmas [as a Jehovah Witness]. […] She decorated the entire house. […] At the same time, it was exciting, I felt guilty too at the same time. I remember going to the bathroom crying, later…because I felt I’d done something wrong, ‘cos I was raised not to ever celebrate it. […]”

On some of his favorite leisure activities in Neverland:

“If you’re wondering why I love supersoakers so much, it’s because if you come to Neverland, it’s a rule that you are bound to get wet. Either be thrown in the pool, or you have a water balloon fight or a supersoaker fight. And I love all of the above. […] My favorite thing to play, if you call it a sport, it’s a sport, is a water balloon fight. I love the way they splatter when they hit! I’ve never lost a water balloon fight. I’m the Michael Jordan of water balloon fights. […]”

On craving for a normal life (i.e.: shopping at the supermarket):

As I said on one of my interviews, it’s my dream to go on a supermarket and just shop and be like everybody else and put things in a basket, ‘cos I can’t do it. ‘Cos if I… when I try to do it, people crowd around, you know. They want autographs and they want you to sign things and take pictures. That’s why I love disguises so much. I can sit on a bench at Disneyland and see what people really do and talk about. But when they see it’s Michael Jackson, they change. I don’t see the real thing. You know it’s… so I wanna see the real world, what it’s really like. And it’s very difficult. [One time], a good friend of mine who owns this mall], he had them close a whole shopping mall and he, had people in there that I knew, pretending as if they were shopping so I felt like, this… this real entirement. […] Had my cousins dressed as if they were bag boys and I went shopping. It was great. They planned everything, right down to the music. […] It was a lot of fun. It gave me a chance to see, in my way, kind of what the world’s like, even though it wasn’t the real thing. Eventually, I started recognizing people. Like the woman in the blond wig is my nanny .. Even Elizabeth Taylor was there. She was on a cover of this magazine. […] Everybody was messing with me, trying to steal my cart. […] We just…it was like being at Disneyland, in my opinion. ‘Cos I got to do something that I usually don’t get to do.”

On one of his emotional moments with his mother:

I remember one thing my mother said to me. We were at the Copenhagen, I think. And there was just a sea of people. It was like over two hundred thousand people and her eyes were watery. She was on the side of the stage. And I said, ‘Mother, what’s wrong? Why are you crying?’ She said, ‘When you were a baby and I was holding you in my arms, I would never [have] dreamt…you would, you could, you would do this…you would have this kind of effect on an audience like this.’ And I gave her a hug and tried to get her on stage. She’s so shy, she, no matter what, she will not go on stage…But I thought that was really sweet of her.”

On Neverland:

“Neverland appeals to the child inside of every man, woman and child. […] It’s a place where I feel that you can return to your childhood. You find grown-ups, you know, doing things they haven’t done since they were like, ten years old. It’s a fun pace to be. It’s… so much to do, I always wanted to have a place where you’re just busy all day and there’s just unlimited space to go on quads, and mountains and horseback. All kinds of fun things. It’s just a fun place. I love it. And…I will always love it and I will never, ever sell Neverland. Neverland is me, you know. It’s, it represents the…totality of who I am. It really does. I love Neverland. […]”

On friend, (now late) actor Gregory Peck:

“There’s Gregory Peck and his wife Veronique. See Gregory dancing? That’s the child that comes out inside of grown men when they come to Neverland. He’s one of the nicest people in the world. I really love Gregory Peck and his wife. […] Gregory Peck is a dear, dear friend of ours.”

On celebrating their parents:

“Joe Jackson Day represents a day for our father. We don’t celebrate birthdays really, so we create a day for our father and a day for our mother. All the family comes…and we present them with speeches, how we feel about them and give them presents. […]”

On actor, comedian, composer, Charlie Chaplin:

“I love great talent. People like Chaplin. I mean, God, how could you not admire his genius? He was the king of pathos. I mean, he had such a heart and he knows how to make you laugh and cry at the same time. I mean, he… he was the master of that. And I find some of that in what I do. I relate to him. […]”

On Lady Diana, Princess of Wales (with whom he shared a close friendship):

"Lady Diana, in real truth, was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known, because we could relate to each other, we shared something in common, with the press. […] I don’t think they hounded anyone more than her and myself. And we had a relationship, a very good relationship, where we would call each other, late at night, for me, and we would, you know, just talk about… just like cry on each other’s shoulders, how hard and difficult and how mean the tabloids can be. And how they lie and twist stories around. […] She was just a wonderful, warm, compassionate person…very caring, very caring. It was real. It wasn’t a publicity stunt. It was real. [She really cared. I’m the same way. I feel the same way that she does about children and the future of our children and the future of the world.”

On his charity work:

"What I usually do on my off days…I do as many hospitals as I do concerts. I do as many orphanages as I do concerts. But, because it’s good news, the press don’t cover it. They want bad news. But I do it from the heart. I don’t do it to wave a flag and say, look at me! We bring bags of toys and posters and albums, and you should see how it transforms these kids. They jump up and down and they’re so happy."

On Bela Farkas, a then 4 year-old patient in need of a liver transplant:

"I saw this little kid (in a hospital in Budapest, Hungary), his name was Farkas. He was very sick. He was green in the face. But he had this glow, this sparkle in his eye. I asked his nurse, "What’s wrong with this kid?" She said that he needs a liver. So I said, "Does that mean he’s gonna die?" She said, "Yes, he’s gonna die unless he gets a liver". I said, I’m not gonna let him die. This sweet, sweet angel. No matter what it takes, I’m gonna find a liver for him. So I sent my ("Heal The World") organization around the world. We went all over the place and it took a long time. And I said, I’m not giving up. I’m not going to have the child die. I was so happy when I got a phone call. They told me, "We’ve found a liver!" And he has his life. I’m so proud that I could help him. God bless him. I love you, Farkas."

On his children:

"I love and adore my children. They mean everything to me. When they’re in public though, I conceal their faces, cause I want my children protected. At home, they have a normal life, they play with other kids and they have a good time, they’re laughing a lot. They run around, they even go to school. It’s a normal life for them. But in public, I must protect them. I love my children very much, and I’m proud to be their dad."