Special thanks to Charcoal reader Aisha who alerted me to the existence of this interview.
Part 1. Video uploaded by IconicMJ.
Part 2. Video uploaded by IconicMJ.
I think you can see that he is definitely calmer when being interviewed by fellow black people. Honestly…there is a pattern with Michael’s interviews with black people – they tend to be better. Note at 0:07 in Part 1 when you can see the vitiligo on his face, but his hands are still very dark. Michael looked sexy to me in the Bad era. It’s the best he’s ever looked to me since he had his cosmetic surgeries, but he was always better looking before he had surgeries. What do you think?
Key quotes from this great interview:
Mike on work:
“It’s so much work. A lot of people, they are used to just seeing the outcome of work, they never see the side of the work you go through to produce the outcome.”
Mike on the creative process:
“I don’t remember. I don’t even count the hours or anything.”
Mike on the story behind the concept of ‘Bad’:
“He’s a black kid, like me.”
Mike on the media and whether it hurts him:
“Sometimes, but it is part of the work.”
Mike on Dirty Diana:
“It’s a lifestory of a groupie. Hate to say the word ‘groupie’, but that’s what it is. And it is something that I’ve experienced and a lot of people on the road. Like me, I don’t remember not performing.”
Mike on the fans stans:
“It’s very sweet. I feel thankful. I don’t take any of it for granted.”
Mike on touring:
“The worst thing for me personally to see is the opening show, because it is not as tight as it should be.”
Mike on working alone:
“I’ve done so much solo work. It’s just another road. Of course you always think things – I don’t see Marlon next to me, I don’t see Jermaine.”
I also think that in the Bad era, he did actually look really good. Obviously, he was better looking, almost gorgeous before the surgeries and I don’t think he needed them, but in terms of after the surgeries, Bad was the best he had ever looked, imo. What do you think?
Has anyone noticed how much heartbreak and shyness there is in Michael’s eyes? Such a charismatic and capturing guy. I can’t imagine how interesting he must have been in person – he looks like he was so thoughtful. He was also 29 at the time of this interview.
With each new video & interview, how can anyone not fall in love with this guy in a creative sense? Too cute for words. As always, looking forward to reading your comments on the interview.