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|Subject: Michael in a meeting with movie director's Terrence Malick and Baz Luhrmann, Robert Kraft, president, Fox Music, 1998 Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:41 am
(Fox Music president Robert Kraft recalls two encounters with Jackson, one with director Terrence Malick in 1998 and the other with director Baz Lurhman in 2000).
“With all due to respect to Terrence Malick — he is one of my favorite directors — he is quiet and almost shy. As is Michael. So [the day in 1998 they met at the Fox studio] I stood with the two of them trying to have them make conversation with each other, the fabulous director and the global super star. Both were slightly awkward and I was kind of `Hey, how about the Dodgers!’ trying to get a conversation going.”
“The most memorable part of that afternoon [when Lurham met Jackson and his youngest son, Prince, at the Beverly Hills Hotel] was, at one point, Prince sneezed. And Michael turned to Prince and said to him very beautifully and paternally `We cover our noses when we sneeze.’ And you know, in any other meeting it would be something you forget, but when it’s Michael Jackson and the 2-and-a-half or 3-year-old Prince and Baz Luhrmann, I just say I was so glad to be a fly on the wall. They are just two tiny intersections with one of the biggest stars in the world.”