John Landis gestures during a photocall for the movie "Michael Jackson's Thriller 3D" at the 74th Venice Film Festival, September 4, 2017.
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Music video "Thriller" was not the product of a great idea but was made because pop star Michael Jackson wanted to be a monster, director John Landis said at the Venice Film Festival Monday."He wanted zombies, but the big thing for Mike was turning into a monster".Asked about his first meeting with Jackson, the child star turned King of Pop who set the world dancing but died in 2009 at the age of 50, Landis said he was "joyful" and "childlike" and quickly became a close family friend.While making "Thriller" Jackson was happy to "show up and do whatever I wanted," Landis said. It was different when they met again to produce "Black or White" in 1991 .
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