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Role Recall: Anjelica Huston on ‘The Grifters,’ ‘Captain EO’ and More
We thought the book’s release the perfect excuse to ask the versatile thespian about her most beloved screen roles, from her lead debut in her father’s “A Walk With Love and Death” to her Oscar-winning work in “Prizzi’s Honor” to working alongside Michael Jackson in “Captain EO” to some of her latest adventures in the wacky world of Wes Andersonville.
"Captain EO" (1986)
On working opposite Michael Jackson in the 3-D short directed by Francis Ford Coppola, produced by George Lucas, and shown at Disneyland: “Maybe a couple of months before, I had a dream about being in the desert with Michael Jackson, madly in love, and an elephant stampede came up behind us and they put their trunks around us as we were sort of floating in midair— this very beautiful dream. So when ‘Captain EO’ came about, I suddenly realized that it was prescient.
"It was surprising because it seemed that anger was very difficult for him. He had a high voice and he was very tentative, very nervous about how he would come across. And I remember his reluctance to show anger or anything violent.
"I think the whole thing took about three weeks to shoot. It was a short film about Michael Jackson coming to my ugly hideous planet. I play, of course, a grand high witch. … This was solidly in my witch period where I seemed to play every witch on the planet. But he comes to my planet and I’m cruel and evil, he sings to me and transforms my world. As it happened, Michael had a little retinue of space creatures, and one happened to be a green elephant, which only confirmed the prescience of my dream.
"I had extensive makeup, a lot of prosthetics, it took about seven hours to put on all my prosthetics every morning. … When the camera turned around on Michael, he asked that I still be in makeup even though I was off camera. I was initially a bit irritated by that because it took so long and I knew that I wouldn’t be on camera. But I did it and I remember from the moment he started to sing, I was sort of overwhelmed, I’d never seen a transformation like that. The power of his voice, the incredible sort of electricity that surrounded him when he began to sing was astonishing. And all of the inhibitions that he seemed to have as a person disappeared and he became this dynamic and extraordinary force. Michael was a genius at what he did and capable of practically anything on stage. I think he was extraordinary."
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff after dancing to Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal for their Freestyle dance on Dancing With The Stars.
Another photo-shopped version of Michael I found on twitter. Fans should know better. The man needs no touching up. Stop the madness, folks….
Michael and Klaus Reinhardt, one of attendant during his Bad tour in Germany.
Мichael was probably the most prominent passenger to ever arrive at Neu-Isenburg train station in Germany, July 11, 1988, about 7:28 am. Michael with his dancers and singers followed by a special train, at his concert in the city of Hockenheim, with a stop in Neu-Isenburg.
In a wish to commemorate this visit, a 5m² art canvas by artist Torsten von Juterzenka has been produced and will be part of celebrations of Michael’s music on Saturday 12th July 2014 where it is also hoped that signatures can be gained to make the artwork a permanent feature at the station.