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In 2001, Louis Theroux decides to set out on a journey to interview Michael Jackson. When Michael comes to the UK, Louis approaches Uri Geller but gets turned down. He then finds out that ITV has been granted an interview and Louis sets out for LA to meet a close friend of the Jackson family, promoter and magician Majestik Magnificent, who claims he can set up an interview with Joe Jackson, Michael's father. However nothing seems to go easily for Louis and his target seems further away. Written by bob the moo

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Louis Has Guts I'll Grant Him That
3 March 2005 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Michael Jackson's Relationship with his father Joe is a controversial topic and one that is the butt of many tasteless jokes , if you've seen the BO SELECTA sketch with Michael Jackson doing a JACKASS sketch where he and his siblings wake up their father with a band you'll know what I'm talking about . Louis Theroux to his credit has tried to get Joe's side of the story and uncover the truth

This is a documentary as disturbing as it is fascinating . Joe Jackson seems to have employed " Majestik Magician " as an agent and bodyguard . You know Don King the boxing promoter who once served a long prison sentence for kicking a man to death ? Well Majestik Magician instantly reminded me of King . Except for one thing and that is Don King is a lot less scary ! Seriously Majestik ( Who's as much a magician as either myself or Saddam Hussain ) will give you nightmares long after this documentary has been shown .

Majestik manages to set up an interview with Joe Jackson while accepting a fee from Theroux . Believe me you don't want to say " I've no money on me . Do you accept a cheque ? " and an interview is arranged in a seedy looking room . Boy this interview takes irony and black comedy to new depths

LT : Did you ever beat Michael with a belt ?

JJ : No. You beat someone with a stick . I hit Michael with a belt

LT : How do you feel if Michael had a boyfriend or girlfriend ?

JJ : A what ?

LT: A boyfriend or a girlfriend ?

JJ ( Visibly angry ) : Now Michael ain't gay . He ain't gay

And at this point Majestic tells to the cameraman to stop filming . As I said Majestic isn't a man who would tolerate the word " No "

A fascinating documentary for all the wrong reasons . Very much a companion piece to LIVING WITH MICHAEL JACKSON , though Louis Theroux has obviously more courage than Martin Bashir


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