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Post by looking4truth on Mon Oct 26, 2009 5:53 pm

Q&A: Michael Jackson collaborator Kenny Ortega

Jackson's long-time friend reveals the King of Pop's creative fuel and what to expect
from his concert documentary This Is It



"He wanted to share what he loved with his children - and now we have
this film for his children. He wanted to get out there and reconnect
with his fans
and sing the songs that they wanted to hear - and now they're going to
hear the songs they wanted to hear."


Kenny Ortega, the longtime creative partner of Michael Jackson and
director of This Is It, a document of the preparations of the King of
Pop's intended
career-bowing series of 50 spectacular concerts at London's O2 Arena,
talks about the motivations behind those concerts and the most
anticipated big-screen
event of year - a film dubbed by some as "Dead Man Moonwalking."


Everybody's talking about This Is It, but nobody's seen it. What is it?


It celebrates the last four months of Michael, while he was
invested in his last theatrical work, and going through the creative
process of conceptualizing,
rehearsing, interacting with all the design teams and the creative
teams.


How stressful was it for Michael, preparing for the London concerts?


It wasn't stressful for him. It was something that he enjoyed. It
was nourishing, it was invigorating. It was something he was very
excited about, that had
great purpose behind it.


How did that project come about?


For two years, Michael and I had been discussing, day-dreaming and
lunching on potential ideas. And then one day I got a telephone call
from him and he said
"This is it, this is the one." This was going to be his final curtain
call. Together we invited artists from all around the world to join us
- he
inspired all of us to think outside of the box and to take the journey
with him.


And how well does this film get across the idea of that journey?


You get a really good sense of it. There's much more music and
staging than I ever imagined. In the beginning, I thought I was going
to have more of a
documentary. In the end, what I have is a sort of hybrid between
documentary and concert film.


How truthful is it?


You're getting an unguarded, raw, truthful version of Michael.
You're getting remnants - this is a mosaic, really stuck together,
trying to do our best
to give everybody a really grand-scale idea of what his dream was.


He was in the room with me the whole time helping me make
decisions. [Laughs]. How I really feel about his, I mean, is that
Michael wasn't there [for the
making of the film]. I've done my best to channel, and to include him,
and, as his friend for so many years, my best to protect his integrity.


The integrity of the concert series has been called into question. Was Michael up to it?


No one put this on Michael. Why do people have to take the
integrity of Michael away now that he can't fend for himself? This was
his idea, his choice.
This nourished him, excited him - he was looking forward to this. Why
do we want to take that away from him?


The thought is that he was pushed into it, to help clear his debt.


Isn't that a consideration for all of us in life? Why should that
be any different with Michael than anybody else? Give him credit. If
anything was
responsible for hurting this man it wasn't his creative work. It's
sickening to me that that's where the focus wants to be. He wanted to
be there
more than any of us.


Will this film show that?


Of course it will. Whether or not it will quiet [the salacious
speculation] or not, you know, there are people out there who have an
agenda - and they always
will. That's just life. You can't create for everyone. That's what
Michael would say. If you tried to, you wouldn't get anything
accomplished.



http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/qa-michael-jackson-collaborator-kenny-ortega/article1337436/
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Post by lou on Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:10 pm

This was going to be his final curtain call.

I don't like these words "final curtain call". Maybe it's just me, but IF he really passed away, these words sound as though they were predicting he was going to die.
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Post by ishealive on Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:14 pm

KO said in an interview, I think it was Kenny may be wrong but MJ wanted to go into movie making after TII concerts so TII was his final curtain call as a perfomer/singer/dancer but not Michael Jackson final curtain call.
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Post by marsheliamorgan on Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:15 pm

He was in the room with me the whole time helping me make
decisions. [Laughs]. How I really feel about his, I mean, is that
Michael wasn't there [for the
making of the film]. I've done my best to channel, and to include him,
and, as his friend for so many years, my best to protect his integrity.

I THINK this is kinda out there if u know what i mean,obviously,i think kenny may have slipped up and realized it at the last moment and tried to laugh it off.
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Post by hesouttamylife on Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:16 pm

Kenny Ortega speaks beautifully about Michael and his exuberance and joy for preparing for this series of concerts. However, he omits one very important fact. Michael did not want to nor did he feel he coud do 50SHOWS. That was forced! Knowing Michael for the perfectionist he was, he certainly did not want to fall on his face from over exhaustion in an arena filled with his fans.
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Post by looking4truth on Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:17 pm

marsheliamorgan wrote:He was in the room with me the whole time helping me make
decisions. [Laughs]. How I really feel about his, I mean, is that
Michael wasn't there [for the
making of the film]. I've done my best to channel, and to include him,
and, as his friend for so many years, my best to protect his integrity.

I THINK this is kinda out there if u know what i mean,obviously,i think kenny may have slipped up and realized it at the last moment and tried to laugh it off.

Yeah I noticed that too and thought that was odd.
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Post by LizzieBee on Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:25 pm

ishealive wrote:KO said in an interview, I think it was Kenny may be wrong but MJ wanted to go into movie making after TII concerts so TII was his final curtain call as a perfomer/singer/dancer but not Michael Jackson final curtain call.

I posted this interview before. Let me see if I can find it again.

Here it is:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2009/10/the-many-meanings-of-michael-jacksons-this-is-it.html

Ortega insists Jackson was serious about “This Is It” as his final curtain call.
“When he said ‘final curtain call,’ he meant touring,” Ortega said.
“But he was ready to become a filmmaker next. He had many things on the
horizon. He had said he didn’t want to be up there as an old man doing
Michael Jackson. He’d say, ‘Can you imagine?’ And he’d laugh. ‘I can’t
think of anything more ugly!’”
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Post by marsheliamorgan on Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:30 pm

He had said he didn’t want to be up there as an old man doing
Michael Jackson. He’d say, ‘Can you imagine

SEE how michael talks regarding "doing,,michael jackson"?isnt that alittle odd,as if ok,michael jackson the singer,dancer,entertainer is GONE,and over,however,coud he have been preparing to be michael jackson film director?if this is a quote regarding "doing"michael jackson,then michael was referring to himself in the 3rd person,as if michael jackson was a character,one facet to who he really was?this makes AWHOLE lot of sense in regards to a hoax,to me anyway,i mite just be reading more into it than is there.hope not tho
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Post by hesouttamylife on Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:31 pm

I don't know if the dancers and other people on the set were in on the movie making thing, but I do believe that Michael intended for it to be of high quality because he never intended to do all those concerts. He didn't want to, and he wasn't going to. Perhaps though they thought we've got you now, it was Michael who outsmarted them in the end. Now the whole world gets to see him perform at his best and he gets to bask in the glory. Genius!
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Post by LizzieBee on Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:40 pm

marsheliamorgan wrote:He had said he didn’t want to be up there as an old man doing
Michael Jackson. He’d say, ‘Can you imagine

SEE how michael talks regarding "doing,,michael jackson"?isnt that alittle odd,as if ok,michael jackson the singer,dancer,entertainer is GONE,and over,however,coud he have been preparing to be michael jackson film director?if this is a quote regarding "doing"michael jackson,then michael was referring to himself in the 3rd person,as if michael jackson was a character,one facet to who he really was?this makes AWHOLE lot of sense in regards to a hoax,to me anyway,i mite just be reading more into it than is there.hope not tho


No. I don't think you're reading more into it than it is. You are right actually.
He does talk about himself in the third person. And he wanted to stop "doing Michael Jackson," the character/performer.
He WILL move on to do other things. bounce
I just wanna know where he is. *sigh*
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Post by LizzieBee on Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:43 pm

hesouttamylife wrote:I don't know if the dancers and other people on the set were in on the movie making thing, but I do believe that Michael intended for it to be of high quality because he never intended to do all those concerts. He didn't want to, and he wasn't going to. Perhaps though they thought we've got you now, it was Michael who outsmarted them in the end. Now the whole world gets to see him perform at his best and he gets to bask in the glory. Genius!

GENIUS! Yuppers. That is our Michael. Basketball
He's just bouncing the ignorant people up and down. Lmao!!


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Post by marsheliamorgan on Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:43 pm

funny thing is ,is any interview or anything i have heard of done by michael,i havent EVER heard him being quoted or talking about himself in 3rd person,JUST this one from kenny?so we may have something here,could be he will be back but NOT as "michael jackson"but,i just bet there are ALL kinds of us that would KNOW THAT SMILE anywhere!!!!! flower
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Post by LizzieBee on Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:45 pm

marsheliamorgan wrote:funny thing is ,is any interview or anything i have heard of done by michael,i havent EVER heard him being quoted or talking about himself in 3rd person,JUST this one from kenny?so we may have something here,could be he will be back but NOT as "michael jackson"but,i just bet there are ALL kinds of us that would KNOW THAT SMILE anywhere!!!!! flower

Lol. Yes! His smile! His eyes! I will always be able to tell who he is. People may think I'm crazy for being so certain but no...I know these things. I'm in love with the man for God's sake. Smile
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Post by mjssoulmate on Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:48 pm

I THINK this is kinda out there if u know what i mean,obviously,i think kenny may have slipped up and realized it at the last moment and tried to laugh it off.

My thoughts exactly!!!
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Post by marsheliamorgan on Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:52 pm

I'm in love with the man for God's sake

i think we ALL are,hmmm,the PERFECT man,sensitive,insightful,good heart,kindness,loves children,etc.etc. NOT TO MENTION the looks,the body,the eyes,etc. gotta stop here this could get real bad real fast.
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those eyes

Post by hesouttamylife on Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:59 pm

LizzieBee wrote:
marsheliamorgan wrote:funny thing is ,is any interview or anything i have heard of done by michael,i havent EVER heard him being quoted or talking about himself in 3rd person,JUST this one from kenny?so we may have something here,could be he will be back but NOT as "michael jackson"but,i just bet there are ALL kinds of us that would KNOW THAT SMILE anywhere!!!!! flower

Lol. Yes! His smile! His eyes! I will always be able to tell who he is. People may think I'm crazy for being so certain but no...I know these things. I'm in love with the man for God's sake. Smile

No matter how his facial structure changed over the years, THOSE EYES! I'd know them anywhere.
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Post by LizzieBee on Mon Oct 26, 2009 7:03 pm

marsheliamorgan wrote:I'm in love with the man for God's sake

i think we ALL are,hmmm,the PERFECT man,sensitive,insightful,good heart,kindness,loves children,etc.etc. NOT TO MENTION the looks,the body,the eyes,etc. gotta stop here this could get real bad real fast.

Smile Lol...real bad real fast! I know!!!! @_@ Hehe. Have you ever visited this site?http://dangerous-fantasies.piczo.com/?g=35470907&cr=4&vsrc=search_google
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Post by neverlandprincess on Mon Oct 26, 2009 7:19 pm

Maybe the thing about wanting to do this for his kids is what the trailer is talking about "one dream he still wanted to share"...and maybe that is somehow linked to the ending?
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Post by LizzieBee on Mon Oct 26, 2009 7:23 pm

neverlandprincess wrote:Maybe the thing about wanting to do this for his kids is what the trailer is talking about "one dream he still wanted to share"...and maybe that is somehow linked to the ending?

Maybe. I'm not sure what to make of anything anymore really. *sigh*
I've just been finding stuff that sounds odd. Hehe. My eyes are going to be glued to the screen...I swear. affraid
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Post by neverlandprincess on Mon Oct 26, 2009 7:44 pm

About third person speak-I watched him get some award on youtube(really don't remember what it was) and he was not at the ceremony he was on a screen-and he said "you have not sen the last of Michael Jackson"-in the Bashir interview, he said "Plastic surgery was'nt made for Michael Jackson.
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Post by LizzieBee on Mon Oct 26, 2009 7:54 pm

neverlandprincess wrote:About third person speak-I watched him get some award on youtube(really don't remember what it was) and he was not at the ceremony he was on a screen-and he said "you have not sen the last of Michael Jackson"-in the Bashir interview, he said "Plastic surgery was'nt made for Michael Jackson.

Lol. There we go. Haha. ^_^
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Post by neverlandprincess on Mon Oct 26, 2009 7:59 pm

Yeah-it was too late to delete of the movie thread so I posted it where it was originally supposed to be posted. LOL
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Post by andrea_garay2005 on Tue Oct 27, 2009 6:03 am

http://www.michaeljacksonhoaxdeath.com/?page_id=293/hoax-death/the-biggest-clue-ever-kenny-ortega-openly-stated-that-mj-helped-him-edit-the-tii-movie-by-s-t-u-d-y/
interesting too
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Post by Butterfly J on Tue Oct 27, 2009 6:50 am

Thank you Andrea, it´s very exiting
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Post by MJmylife90 on Tue Oct 27, 2009 8:09 am

hesouttamylife wrote:Kenny Ortega speaks beautifully about Michael and his exuberance and joy for preparing for this series of concerts. However, he omits one very important fact. Michael did not want to nor did he feel he coud do 50SHOWS. That was forced! Knowing Michael for the perfectionist he was, he certainly did not want to fall on his face from over exhaustion in an arena filled with his fans.

yup...100% agree! lol!
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Post by Human_nature on Tue Oct 27, 2009 9:19 am

andrea_garay2005 wrote:http://www.michaeljacksonhoaxdeath.com/?page_id=293/hoax-death/the-biggest-clue-ever-kenny-ortega-openly-stated-that-mj-helped-him-edit-the-tii-movie-by-s-t-u-d-y/
interesting too

I don't know when I will see TII , because i can't go, but... I really can't wait.
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