Michael Jackson accomplished many things in his four decades of stardom. But one unfulfilled dream was to play James Bond.
According to Hollywood agent Michael Ovitz's new memoir, Michael wanted to trade his jeweled glove for a shaken Martini. He recalls a lunch meeting where Jackson revealed his goal -- right as his hat fell into some food. "He picked it out and put it back on -- unfortunately, with a blob of guacamole attached, which began to slide down the brim. [Universal Studios executive] Ron Meyer tapped my leg to draw my attention to it, and we all watched in horrified fascination as it slid lower and lower while Michael was pitching us hard on how he was America’s next action hero. Then the blob fell off, and Ron totally lost it. I cracked up, too, and Michael stalked out."
Ovitz later caught up with Jackson and said they "hadn’t been laughing at him, but at the incident… Finally, Michael’s face cleared. ‘Okay, Ovitz. Okay,’ he said. ‘But I want to play James Bond.'"
Despite being a top dealmaker, Ovitz told Jackson that he might not be right for the role: "You’re thinly built, you’re too sensitive, you won’t be credible as a block of stone. You’d be great at it, of course, but it’d be bad for you." (New York Post)