Living with Michael Jackson: A Tonight Special (2003)

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Martin Bashir conducts a rare interview with Michael Jackson and is given unprecedented access to the reclusive performer's private life.


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Martin Bashir conducts a rare interview with Michael Jackson and is given unprecedented access to the reclusive performer's private life.

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Interviewer: You've physically changed, haven't you? The photographs of you, if I look at them...
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Interviewer: Yes, but even the shape of your face has changed.
Michael Jackson: No, it has not. I have had no plastic surgery on my face.
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" The Man That Is Michael Jackson " ....
18 November 2003 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

.... is how journalist Martin Bashir introduced this documentary on this one time superstar , so right away I was expecting lashings of irony and I got it and a whole lot more though I have to admit this is sometimes an uneasy watch .

A lot of people have come on here to put the boot into Bashir saying he set MJ up . I`m not too keen on Bashir myself since I`ve always found him something of a lightweight reporter but Bashir is blameless in getting Michael to say and do things on screen , everything weird , camp and disturbing from this documentary is down to Jackson not Bashir

Michael goes into a store - Which has been closed by request from MJ`s entourage - and buys millions of dollars worth of junk . Bashir`s fault ?

Michael and Martin drive around a track in go-carts with Jackson screaming " Oh stop it you`re cheating " in the most laughably camp voice I`ve ever heard . Bashir`s fault ?

Michael tells us his hobby is climbing trees and it`s his favourite thing in his life . Bashir`s fault ?

Michael takes his weirdly named children out for a walk with masks on their face . Bashir`s fault ?

Michael invites a 12 year old boy who`s suffering from cancer to stay on his ranch alone . This is the same Michael Jackson who ten years ago was hit by allegations of sexually molesting a young boy on his ranch and who instead of going to court to clear his name and be proven innocent of the allegations decided to give the alleged victim a multi million pound compensation deal . How is any of this Bashir`s fault ? I should also point out that as I`m writing this review Jackson`s ranch has just been raided by police earlier today

The only criticism I have with Bashir is that he didn`t ask the most obvious question which is this : " Michael if you`re an Afro-American then why do all your children resemble one hundred per cent white Europeans ? "

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