The King Of Pop really wanted to play 007.
In his new tell-all memoir, top celebrity agent Michael Ovitz recalls a mid-1980s meeting with Michael Jackson in which the superstar pitched himself to play James Bond — and dropped his hat in a bowl of guacamole.
During the meeting, Jackson made his desires to be “the star of an action movie” known to Ovitz and business partner Ron Meyer. He then managed to drop his hat into a bowl of guacamole, making the meeting and his request all the more comical to the men who laughed in Jackson’s face as a blob of guac slid down his hat the way James Bond slid down a mountain on a cello in “The Living Daylights”.
“Then the blob fell off, and Ron totally lost it. I cracked up, too, and Michael stalked out,” Ovitz describes the scene in his book, Who Is Michael Ovitz. “I found him and explained for 15 minutes that we hadn’t been laughing at him… Finally, Michael’s face cleared. ‘Okay, Ovitz. Okay,’ he said. ‘But I want to play James Bond.’ I am proud to report I didn’t laugh, this time.”
Ovitz was then given the task of letting the hitmaker down gently, convincing the “Thriller” singer he wasn’t fit for the role. Ovitz told Jackson he was “thinly built, you’re too sensitive, you won’t be credible as a brutal block of stone.”
While it was a missed opportunity to cast Jackson as Bond, the King of Pop eventually did get a part in an action movie — he made a cameo appearance as Agent M in “Men In Black II” in 2002.