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Friday, June 25, 2010
Vanity Fair : The Making of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Video
In the recent issue of Vanity Fair, writer Nancy Griffin commemerates the one year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death , with a behind the scenes of Michael Jackson's "Thriller". The piece takes us from Ola Ray's flirtation with the MJ to John Landis asking Joe Jackson to leave the set:
"More than once Landis found himself caught up in the twisted dynamics of the Jackson family. One night when Joseph and Katherine Jackson visited the set, the director recalls, “Michael asked me to have Joe removed. He said, ‘Would you please ask my father to leave?’ So I go over to Mr. Jackson. ‘Mr. Jackson, I’m sorry, but can you please … ?’ ‘Who are you?’ ‘I’m John Landis. I’m directing this.’ ‘Well, I’m Joe Jackson. I do what I please, and I want to be here.’ I said, ‘I’ll have to ask security to remove you if you don’t leave now.’” Landis had a policeman escort Joe Jackson off the set."