Michael Jackson was Actively Trying to Play James Bond at One Point
Imagine a world in which pop superstar Michael Jackson played James Bond.
Famed celebrity agent Michael Ovitz has released a new memoir called Who Is Michael Ovitz (catchy title). According to Metro, who got its hand on the book, Ovitz tells a hilarious story about Michael Jackson pushing to play one of the most iconic movie characters of all time: James Bond.
According to Ovitz, Jackson pushed to play Bond during a meeting they had. He was serious. However, Ovitz didn’t take him too serious, especially considering the King of Pop somehow got guacamole on his hat:
Then the blob fell off, and Ron totally lost it…I cracked up, too, and Michael stalked out. I found him and explained for 15 minutes that we hadn’t been laughing at him… Finally, Michael’s face cleared. ‘OK, Ovitz. OK,’ he said. ‘But I want to play James Bond.’ I am proud to report I didn’t laugh, this time.
Ovitz eventually said he couldn’t play Bond because he was “thinly built” and “too sensitive.” He also told Jackson that he wouldn’t’ “be credible as a brutal block of stone” (unlike Pierce Brosnan, apparently.)
Jackson could have been the first black James Bond. Oh well.