Michael Jackson’s This Is It concert documentary has prompted some King of Pop fans to raise questions about Jackson’s final days.
The upcoming Michael Jackson concert documentary This Is It has spawned a campaign called “This Is Not It.” It is backed by a global group of Jackson fans who declare the new film part of a commerce monster – the very one, they feel, might have exhausted and overwhelmed the King of Pop himself and caused his bad health during his 50-concert London tour.
The film, set for a limited two-week run in theaters beginning October 28, is a compilation of rehearsal and interview footage recorded while Jackson prepared the tour.
“The movie is made of a careful choice of footage taken during Michael Jackson’s last rehearsals for the ‘This is It’ Tour,” the campaign site reads. “Out of 110 hours of footage, a few scenes were selected in which Michael Jackson smiled and showed that, in spite of being in a dire state, he was still the greatest star in the world. In the weeks leading up to Michael Jackson’s death, while this footage was being shot, people around him knew that he looked like he might have died. Those who stood to make a profit chose to ignore it.”
Kenny Ortega, director of both the Jackson concerts and this film, couldn’t disagree more. “It’s just not true that he didn’t want to do it or was being forced to do it or expected to do it,” he said. “This was something he truly wanted to do. ‘This Is It’ never did anything other than nourish and excite him.”
Jackson’s death on June 25, 2009 was reportedly the result of a drug-induced cardiac arrest. Some sources have called Jackson’s overdose the finale of a dependence that began after he had several bouts of plastic surgery. Jackson denied multiple cosmetic operations – and only admitted to undergoing rhinoplasty twice.
But, many pictures indicated not only rhinoplasty, but also cheek implants and chin alteration. Los Angeles surgeon Dr. Wallace Goodstein, who operated alongside Jackson’s main surgeon, reported witnessing Jackson undergo 10 to 12 surgeries over two years.
The new film, of course, is meant as a monument. It isn’t likely to offer fans an insights concerning Jackson’s reliance on plastic surgery or his reported use of drugs. All audiences will see is Jackson hard at work on tour, leg-deep into where his talents lay. Fans can watch him on a big screen one final time, and decide for themselves how healthy he looked.