Pop icon Michael Jackson once tried to convince film bosses to name him the next James Bond actor, it has been revealed.
Jackson, determined to get his shot at playing the role in the 80s, called an impromptu meeting with renowned Hollywood agent Michael Ovitz at his Los Angeles home in an attempt to push his ideas through.
Ovitz, revealing all in his new tell-all autobiography, explained that he arrived at Jackson’s home alongside his associate Ron Meyer who was completely taken aback by Jackson’s plan to move into film. Ovitz also detailed the surreal nature of the meeting as the pop star, wearing his iconic black hat, suffered a comical faux pas by dropping his hat in a pot of guacamole.
Undeterred by the incident, Jackson put the hat back on his head and continued to insist that he was the man for the job: “Then the blob fell off, and Ron totally lost it. I cracked up, too, and Michael stalked out,” Ovitz writes. “I found him and explained for 15 minutes that we hadn’t been laughing at him,” he continued.
“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.”
Eventually, Ovitz was able to deter Jackson from the role by explaining: “[you’re] thinly built, you’re too sensitive, you won’t be credible as a brutal block of stone.”