We’re dipping into one of the weirdest stories we’ve ever heard featuring Michael Jackson, Marlon Brandon and Elizabeth Taylor on a cross-country escape attempt.
In what has to be the most outlandish story we’ve heard in a very long while, we’re taking a look back at what might well be the most mysterious road trip of all time. It features none other than acclaimed actor Marlon Brando, the disgraced King of Pop Michael Jackson, and the Queen of Hollywood Elizabeth Taylor all sharing a car and flying down the motorway to escape the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks.
Now, let’s all take a deep breath and let that notion settle in a bit. The idea of three of the 20th century’s most glittering icons, all huddled into a car together, fleeing the city of New York.
There are countless stories about this trio as individuals, whether it’s about Brando’s ‘method’ acting or indeed his methods of disrupting every single film set he walked on to. Michael Jackson is, well, Michael Jackson, and the stories about him are probably best left to the authorities. Elizabeth Taylor has made a name for herself outside of her glittering Hollywood career as the most luxurious lady of the land and one we’re more than happy celebrating.
But in this story the trio is all crammed into a modest rental car driving cross-country and stopping at every KFC they can to fuel up Marlon Brando with chicken, so claims Taylor’s former PA Tim Mendelson.
The revelations originally surfaced in Vanity Fair during an interview with Mendelson and the details of that trip will have us meandering through possibilities for days to come. But before you dismiss this as poppycock, and we don’t and would never use that word lightly, the situation is actually a more likely event than you’d think.
In 2001, Marlon Brando had been providing Michael Jackson with acting lessons at the pop star’s request. As such, when Jacko offered Brando a ticket to his concert, a golden ticket no less, the over-inflated actor was always likely to attend. The invitation was also extended to Elizabeth Taylor with whom Jacko had also enjoyed a decades-long friendship.
It just so happens that the trio was together when the atrocity of September 11th rocked the United States and the World, a time when the planes hit the Twin Towers. Michael Jackson insisted that they all leave as with their heightened status, they could quickly become targets for further attacks. Taylor and Brando agreed and they began their escape of New York.
With aeroplanes all grounded, there was only one way out of NYC and that was to drive. The trio apparently rented a modest car so as not to draw attention and began travelling across the nation. Mendelson’s story does add some artistic flourishes that could lead you to believe this may be on the more salacious side of the truth (the KFC mention, in particular) but otherwise it could be entirely believable.
There has been one bump in the road though as another of Taylor’s former aides has said that she did not take part in the escape and “stayed behind”. The anonymous aide continued: “She went to a church to pray, and she went to an armoury where people were who couldn’t get home or who’d stayed behind to look for the missing. She also went down to Ground Zero, where she met with first responders. Eventually, the airports opened and she flew home.”
With that somewhat picturesque rebuttal in mind, it is worth pointing out that none fo the aforementioned characters in this story are alive to confirm or deny the claim. Brando passed away in 2004, Jackson five years later in 2009, and Taylor in 2011.
So while reports of Brando demanding they stop for food all the time are probably inflated, and the likelihood of the most famous game of I-Spy is probably quite low, you can help but imagine the scene at those rest stops when Marlon Brando, Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor all got out to pay for gas, snacks and drinks.