|Michael Jackson: 'If I Don't Concentrate On Film, No Immortalization'|
|By LESLEY MESSER (@lesleymesser)||Sep 13, 2013, 9:57 AM|
http://abcnews.go.com/topics/entertainment/music/michael-jackson.htm>Michael Jackson was indisputably the king of pop, but in a newly released journal entry, the late musician revealed that he also planned to become a bonafide movie star as well.
"If I don't concentrate [on] film, no immortalization," Jackson wrote. "Better than [Gene] Kelly and [Fred] Astaire. The greatest ever."
The writings were introduced as evidence in the Jackson family's wrongful death suit against AEG Live, the promotion company behind what was to be Jackson's last tour. The singer died in 2009 from a lethal injection of propofol, administered by Dr. Conrad Murray, who was hired by AEG Live. Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011.
Jackson continued in his journal that he planned to announce his "last tour" and take film classes while on the road. He also wanted to create a new franchise and expressed interest in doing a Sinbad movie in the style of last year's "Jack the Giant Killer." To accomplish these goals, Jackson wanted to collaborate with "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller.
"Develop [undecipherable] 2 a year for 6 years... a movie a year for the next 5 years," Jackson wrote. "Simon Fuller... call Fuller myself."
According to the New York Post, Jackson's family's lawyers argued that his notes should be admissable because they prove that the performer still had lucrative plans. However, AEG's team refuted the claim, saying that the papers have no date, so it's not clear what Jackson's intentions were. The newspaper reported that L.A. Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos has not yet ruled whether the jurors will see the entries.
Regardless of when he wrote the notes, Jackson clearly had big dreams. He wanted his own line of soda, cookies and games, as well as "MJ Radio London" and "MJ TV." However, he also wrote about his reliance on drugs to make his dreams come true.
"Conrad must practice now," Jackson wrote. "I can't be tired after procedure to important Rim [sic] sleep."