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Living with Michael Jackson: A Tonight Special (2003)

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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Credited cast:
Michael Jackson ... Himself
Martin Bashir Martin Bashir ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gavin Arvizo Gavin Arvizo ... Himself
Janet Arvizo Janet Arvizo ... Herself
Boris Becker ... Himself
Bubbles Bubbles ... Himself
Paris Jackson ... Herself
Prince Michael II Prince Michael II ... Himself
Prince Michael ... Himself


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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6 February 2003 (USA) See more »

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Living with Michael Jackson See more »

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Granada Television See more »
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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


As Michael Jackson's cameras were filming simultaneously next to Martin Bashir's cameras, Michael has released two weeks later a reply to this show, the uncut version of the same interview: _The Michael Jackson Interview: The Footage You Were Never Meant to See (2003)_ See more »


Interviewer: You've physically changed, haven't you? The photographs of you, if I look at them...
Michael Jackson: No, it's called adolescence. It's called growing and changing.
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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Spoofed in Bo' Selecta!: Proper Bo' Selecta! I (2003) See more »


Written by Michael Jackson
Performed by Michael Jackson
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A shocking documentary that hurt Michael
15 February 2003 | by mj_zakSee all my reviews

Having been a fan of Michael Jackson all my life I, like many others were anticipating this program since it was announced. Martin Bashir who was known for his famous interview with Diana followed Michael Jackson around for 8 months. This documentary was the result.

The last time that Michael had participated in such a detailed show was nearly 10 years ago with Oprah Winfrey. In this new one off special Michael tell's about his outrageous lifestyle and for the first time ever the world would get a glimpse of the Jackson children.

One of the most shocking aspects of this documentary was Michael's relationship with a 12 year old cancer sufferer and his admitting to sharing his bed with other children. Since that and other certain other things were revealed (including why his 3 children dont live with there mothers) there hasnt been a day where the press werent digging into michael Jackson's life and making it a living hell. So what, he let's kid's sleep over?! It's the king of pop for crying out loud!

Martin Bashir had deeply upset Jackson during the course of the interview but it still revealed the truth: That Michael Jackson is just a kid at heart.

He's not pedophile and he isnt trying to be something he isnt. He's jut a gifted entertainer with a child's heart.

I do believe that every effort was made to produce an honest portrayal of Michael, but it was some how sabotaged by the voice over's to make the public think of Michael as a negative aspect.

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