Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire ... Michael Jackson?
While these three names may not totally seem to go together, the King of Pop certainly hoped they would someday. In several pages of handwritten notes reportedly penned by the star (which have emerged in his family's wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoter AEG), Jackson shares random musings and what appear to be some hopes and dreams.
Katherine Jackson, the star's mother, is fighting to get these scribbles admitted into evidence as part of the hearsay exception for statements of future plans, intent or motive, but AEG's attorneys have filed a motion to prevent it, claiming the papers some are referring to as a "diary" have no dates and that Jackson's true meaning in each mini-memo is difficult to determine, according to the New York Daily News.
What the notes do reveal is that Jackson wanted to be "immortalized" on film and become more famous than his idols, from Kelly and Astaire to Walt Disney and Charlie Chaplin.
"If I don't concentrate [on] film, no immortalizing," Jackson supposedly wrote. "[I want to be] better than Kelly and Astaire ... the greatest ever."
He also issued a challenge to himself to be "in the likes of Chaplin Michelangelo Disney. These men Demanded Perfection Innovation always."
Those weren't the only names mentioned in the stack. Jackson also scribbled that he wanted to partner with "American Idol" mastermind Simon Fuller to break into the film world. "Develop...2 a year for 6 years...a movie a year for the next 5 years. Simon Fuller...call Fuller myself," he wrote.
Moving into the world of film was only part of Jackson's master plan. He also expressed a desire to have a Broadway play about his life created in hopes of becoming the "first multi-billionaire entertainer-actor-director" and wanted to launch his own line of games, soft drinks, and cookies.
And money. He wanted to be making money. Oodles of it.
"Weekly income 20 million a week. First multi billionaire entertainer, actor, director, 100 billion," he jotted.
Perhaps the most startling portion of the notes are a seeming admission to his drug addiction and a mention of Dr. Conrad Murray, the doctor convicted of administering Jackson the dose of Propathol that killed him. In his notes, Jackson says he wanted Murray to fly in from London to give him a "drip" of drugs so he could get some sleep.
"Conrad must practice now," Jackson supposedly wrote. "I can't be tired after procedure to important Rim [sic] sleep, for plane also with bed. Hire Conrad exclusive."
Not every note was quite so revealing. One simply read, "Mother do you need $." Whether or not that was a reminder to himself to ask or simply to make sure she felt financially stable, we guess we'll never know.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos has yet to rule if the papers should be admitted as evidence in the case.