“Michael Jackson’s Ghosts” is a short film starring the King of Pop made in 1996 but did you know it started life as a shorter film back in 1993? The original project was a 12-15 minute short promoting the new Addams Family Values movie but due to Michael’s molestation allegations, the project was shelved. This didn’t stop his motivation towards and the short became “Ghosts” three years later.
Very little has changed from the 1993 version compared to the final 1996 version apart from the role of Mayor. Ken Jenkins, better known as Dr Bob Kelso in US comedy Scrubs, played the Mayor in 1993. In Ghosts, Michael played both the Mayor and the Maestro. Yup, that’s Michael dressed as an overweight white man with a chip on his shoulder. Spot the irony if you will.
You can stream the 1993 version below and read an extract about the making of Ghosts from the book “Making Michael”.